Académie Royale: A History in Portraits (Paperback)

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Académie Royale: A History in Portraits (Paperback)

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From its establishment in 1648 until its disbanding in 1793 after the French Revolution, the Acad mie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture was the centre of the Parisian art world. Taking the reader behind the scenes of this elite bastion of French art theory, education, and practice, this engaging study uncovers the fascinating histories - official and unofficial - of that artistic community. Through an innovative approach to portraits - their values, functions, and lives as objects - this book explores two faces of the Acad mie. Official portraits grant us insider access to institutional hierarchies, ideologies, rituals, customs, and everyday experiences in the Acad mie's Louvre apartments. Unofficial portraits in turn reveal hidden histories of artists' personal relationships: family networks, intimate friendships, and bitter rivalries. Drawing on both art-historical and anthropological frames of analysis, this book offers insightful interpretations of portraits read through and against documentary evidence from the archives to create a rich story of people, places, and objects. Theoretically informed, rigorously researched, and historically grounded, this book sheds new light on the inner workings of the Acad mie. Its discoveries and compelling narrative make an invaluable and accessible contribution to our understanding of this pre-eminent European institution and the social lives of artists in early modern Paris.
Hannah Williams is Junior Research Fellow in Art History at St John's College, University of Oxford.
Product Details ISBN: 9781138295599
ISBN-10: 1138295590
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: January 1st, 2018
Pages: 394
Language: English