French Painting in the Golden Age (World of Art Series)

French Painting in the Golden Age (World of Art Series)

by Christopher Allen


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The seventeenth century has always been considered the golden agethe grand siecleof French culture. The reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV witnessed an unprecedented flowering of literature and philosophy, of music, architecture, sculpture, and painting. Some of the greatest names in the history of art belong to this period: Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorraine, as well as Georges de La Tour, the Le Nain brothers, and Charles Le Brun. Yet the subject matter and formal conventions most prized at the time make it difficult for the modern viewer to appreciate their aims, to differentiate them, and to judge success or failure. Thanks to new, sympathetic research, it is now possible to set the major figures within the framework of the concerns and theoretical debates of the seventeenth century itself. Christopher Allen brilliantly enables us to see beyond mere form to the meanings that the artists intended us to enjoy. 180 illustrations, 80 in color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500203705
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Series: World of Art Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1From Mannerism to Naturalism18
Chapter 2Rome: History and Landscape50
Chapter 3Vouet and Parisian Atticism90
Chapter 4The Academy and Charles Le Brun124
Chapter 5Versailles156
Chapter 6The End of the Grand Siecle186
List of Illustrations219

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