Academie Royale: A History in Portraits (Hardback)Hannah Williams (author)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 1111 g
Dimensions: 246 x 174 mm
'Academie Royale: A History in Portraits is full of new insights - often brilliant ones - into the world of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Williams' approach to the inner workings of the Academy through close readings of members' portraits and self-portraits is innovative, refreshing and inspired - drawing as it does on anthropological interpretive models, as well as art-historical ones. Original, meticulously researched and elegantly written, this book will be essential reading for specialists in many fields including history, French studies and cultural anthropology, and it will be an indispensable source for historians of eighteenth-century art.'
Melissa Hyde, University of Florida, USA
'In her thoughtful and illuminating book, Hannah Williams develops a distinctively new approach to the central institution of the ancien-regime art world.'
- French History
"... with portraits as mediators, Hannah Williams draws her reader into the exclusive universe of Paris's Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. She opens wide the great doors of this ancien regime institution and in a masterful way offers her audience the chance to experience and feel some aspect of the reality of this period and of the communal and institutional lives of the Academy's members."
- French Studies
"... a rigorous and original book... It focuses on the community of artists who constituted [the Academy], on the relationships and conflicts which shaped and formed this community, on their rites of passage, their gifts, their social, professional, family and friendship networks, and on the rivalries that played out in this prestigious place. All of this is attentively reconstructed through rich archival research and brilliant visual analysis of the portraits and self-portraits of the Academy's members."
- Critique d'art
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