Art museums, oases of beauty and calm in a fast-paced world, have emerged in recent decades as the most vibrant and popular of all cultural institutions. But as they have become more popular, their direction and values have been contested as never before. This engaging thematic history of the art museum from its inception in the eighteenth century to the present offers an essential framework for understanding contemporary debates as they have evolved in Europe and the United States.
About the Author:
Andrew McClellan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History at Tufts University
Andrew McClellan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History at Tufts University, is the author of
Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (UC Press) and the editor of Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millenium.
Ideals and Mission 13
Collecting, Classification, and Display 107
The Public 155
Restitution and Repatriation 233
List of Illustrations 329