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Title :

The iconography of moral sense : Gavin Hamilton's sentimental heroines

Author :
MACMILLAN, Duncan ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Considers how representations of women began to assume a new significance built around a philosophy of moral sense and looks at the place of sentiment in that evolution. Some of these ideas reflecting a theory of society, principally developed by thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, appeared for the first time in art in Hogarth's Rake's Progress which had a far-reaching influence; the first major response to it was from Gavin Hamilton in his Trojan series. Hamilton's paintings promoted the idea that the feminine sensibility played a key role in the evolution of society, and in the amelioration of the human condition. Hamilton's influence - on David, and especially on Canova - reflects a particular view of the relationship between nature and the antique. Contrary to the classic exposition of the ideal, Hamilton, along with many other artists pursued the idea of a convergence between real and ideal: the belief that art can lead to an ideal that is not beyond, but within nature, and identifying the natural world in the figure of a woman. Looks at the reflection of this vision of femininity in the works of other arists such as Titian, Watteau and Allan Ramsay. ;
Pagination/Size :
18 ill. (3 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Canova, Antonio, 1757-1822 ; David, Jacques-Louis, 1748-1825 ; Empirisme ; Estampe ; Femmes ; France ; Féminité ; Grande-Bretagne ; Guerre de Troie (série) ; Hamilton, Gavin, 1723-1798 ; Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 ; Héroïnes ; Iconographie ; Idéal, L' ; Italie ; La Carrière du roué (série) ; Morale ; Nature ; Néoclassicisme ; Peinture ; Ramsay, Allan I, 1686-1758 ; Sculpture ; Sentiment ; Siècle des lumières ; Société ; Théorie de l'art ; Tiziano Vecellio, n.1488-1490, m.1576 ; Watteau, Jean Antoine, 1684-1721 ; 1500-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Art theory ; Canova, Antonio, 1757-1822 ; David, Jacques-Louis, 1748-1825 ; Empiricism ; Enlightenment ; Femininity ; France ; Great Britain ; Hamilton, Gavin, 1723-1798 ; Heroines ; Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 ; Iconography ; Ideal ; Italy ; Morality ; Nature ; Neo-classicism ; Painting ; Prints ; Rake's Progress (series) ; Ramsay, Allan I, 1686-1758 ; Sculpture ; Sentiment ; Society ; Tiziano Vecellio, b.1488-1490, d.1576 ; Trojan War (series) ; Watteau, Jean Antoine, 1684-1721 ; Women ; 1500-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
British art journal, 1999, 1, 1, autumn
INIST identifier :
24954390 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1467-2006 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Art journals, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;