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Title :

'A stern and just respect for truth' : John Ruskin, Giotto and the Arundel Society

Author :
PLAMPIN, Matthew ;
Publication year :
2005
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Between 1853 and 1756, the Arundel Society published a series of prints depicting Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel <Padua>. Control of this project was initially given to John Ruskin, who commissioned the prints and wrote an accompanying biographical essay. He was determined to provide the Society's subscribers with a 'truthful' version of both the man and his art, and thus to correct the misconceptions of Giotto he thought had been engendered in Britain by the work of earlier writers and engravers. The response to his efforts, however, was lukewarm at best, and in 1856 a full-color chromolithograph was included in the series. This late edition depicted a romantic, narrative scene of the painter at work in the company of Dante Alighieri, and was very different in tone to Ruskin's prints or biography. This essay discusses the clash of views over the role of the art-historical print (and indeed art-historical instruction as a whole), encapsulated by this series. Was it a means of accurate reproduction for the purposes of scholarship and education? Or was it, rather, a source of sensory and imaginative gratification, intended to entertain as much as inform? ;
Pagination/Size :
3 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 :
Arundel Society, London (GBR) ; Estampe ; Fortune critique ; Giotto di Bondone, v.1266-1337 ; Grande-Bretagne ; Histoire de l'art ; Iconographie ; Italie ; Mécénat ; Padova (ITA), Cappella degli Scrovegni ; Peinture murale ; Ruskin, John James, 1785-1864 ; Sujet historique ; Valeur esthétique ; 1200-1400 ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Art history ; Arundel Society, London (GBR) ; Critical history ; Giotto di Bondone, ca.1266-1337 ; Great Britain ; Historical subjects ; Iconography ; Italy ; Mural painting ; Padova (ITA), Cappella degli Scrovegni ; Patronage ; Prints ; Ruskin, John James, 1785-1864 ; Value (aesthetics) ; 1200-1400 ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Visual culture in Britain, 2005, 6, 1
INIST identifier :
24838527 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1471-4787 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Ashgate, Aldershot
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;