Victorian Painting

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1.
Julian Treuherz
Victorian Painting

The range of artistic production in the Victorian age included history painting; topographical landscapes of the Continent and the Middle East; Landseer’s royal portraits and heroic animal pictures; Pre-Raphaelite painting with its combined naturalism and symbolism; Leighton’s classical mythologies; and Frith’s popular depictions of the leisured middle classes. Amid this great variety of styles and emphasis, influential critics such as Ruskin dictated that art should be morally uplifting, an orthodoxy challenged by Whistler, Sickert, Steer and their fellows among the “London Impressionists”.

2.
Painting in Spain During the Later Eighteenth Century

Between the period of Velazquez and Goya, Madrid had a lively artistic establishment, which by the end of the 18th century provided works of high quality. The paintings of Melendez, Paret and many others are featured in this volume, which also describes the art and architecture of the period.

3.
William Gaunt
A Concise History of English Painting

Traces the development of English painting from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, focusing on the works of Hogarth, Blake, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, and Bacon.

4.
José Bracons
The Key to Gothic Art

Discusses the history and characteristics of Gothic art, as represented in architecture, illuminated manuscripts, painting, stained glass, and sculpture.

5.
Carrie J. Preston
Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance

Modernism’s Mythic Pose recovers the tradition of Delsartism, a popular international movement that promoted bodily and vocal solo performances, particularly for women. This strain of classical-antimodernism shaped dance, film, and poetics. Its central figure, the mythic pose, expressed both skepticism and nostalgia and functioned as an ambivalent break from modernity.

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