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Title :

Frederic Leighton's Cimabue's celebrated Madonna : a study in 19th-century representations of the Renaissance

Author :
ABRAHAM, Jennifer ;
Publication year :
2005
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines key 19th-c. European images and texts, highlighting the identification with and reaction to the Renaissance, as a backdrop to an assessment of Lord Leighton's painting Cimabue's Celebrated Madonna (Royal Collection, on loan to the National Gallery, London). Early usage of the term Renaissance can be identified in the works of historians Jules Michelet and Jacob Burckhardt. Investigates to what extent the coining of the term was integral to the urge to recreate the past in order provide the present with greater validity. Examines the emergence of the Troubador style in which anecdotal themes on the lives of Renaissance masters were used in part as propaganda by artists for their own profession. Argues that Leighton's effort at historical accuracy, drawing on Vasari for his narrative sources, aligns him with the historismus of Burckhardt. His espousal of the 'truth to nature' doctrine, and his perceived ideology that religion should serve art rather than art serve religion, distanced him from his Nazarene training. Leighton's public address to the Royal Academy in 1887 demonstrates his perception of the Renaissance as analagous with his own time and proposing that artists should retain a similar status in society, drawing a specific parallel between Cimabue and himself. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5305C01 - 1800-1945 ; Peinture et arts graphiques ; Peinture et dessin ; 530-V - 1800-1945 ;
French keywords :
Artistes ; Burckhardt, Jacob Christoph, 1818-1897 ; Cimabue (Cenni di Pepe), v.1240-v.1302 ; Ecrits ; France ; Grande-Bretagne ; Grande-Bretagne, Royal Collections ; Groupes et Sociétés d'artistes ; Historisme ; Iconographie ; Italie ; La Madone de Cimabue ; Leighton, Frederic, baron, 1830-1896 ; Michelet, Jules, 1798-1874 ; Narration ; Nazaréens (groupe d'artistes) ; Peinture ; Renaissance ; Statut social ; Technique ; Troubadour (style) ; Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574 ; Vite ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Artists ; Artists' groups and associations ; Burckhardt, Jacob Christoph, 1818-1897 ; Cimabue (Cenni di Pepe), ca.1240-ca.1302 ; Cimabue's Celebrated Madonna ; France ; Great Britain ; Great Britain, Royal Collections ; Historicism ; Iconography ; Italy ; Leighton, Frederic, baron, 1830-1896 ; Michelet, Jules, 1798-1874 ; Narrative ; Nazarenes (artists' group) ; Painting ; Renaissance ; Social status ; Technique ; Troubadour movement ; Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574 ; Vite ; Writings ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
British art journal, 2005, 6, 3, winter
INIST identifier :
24838714 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1467-2006 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Art journals, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;