The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento: Representing Culture and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Italy / Edition 2

The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento: Representing Culture and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Italy / Edition 2

by Albert Boime
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226063305

ISBN-13: 9780226063300

Pub. Date: 05/28/1993

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

During the 1860s and '70s, more than a decade before the development of French Impressionism, Italy produced a group of avant-garde artists whose fervently nationalist paintings anticipated some of Impressionism's theoretical concerns. These artists were called "Macchiaioli" because they based their technique on a quickly rendered macchia, or sketch.

In

Overview

During the 1860s and '70s, more than a decade before the development of French Impressionism, Italy produced a group of avant-garde artists whose fervently nationalist paintings anticipated some of Impressionism's theoretical concerns. These artists were called "Macchiaioli" because they based their technique on a quickly rendered macchia, or sketch.

In the first extended sociopolitical interpretation in English of this important group, Albert Boime places the Macchiaioli in the cultural context of the Risorgimento—the political movement that unified Italy, freed from foreign rule, under a secular, constitutional government. Anglo-American art criticism has generally neglected these painters (probably because of their overt political affiliation and nationalist expression), but Boime shows that these artists, while deeply political, nevertheless created aesthetically superior work.

Boime's study departs from previous research on the Macchiaioli by systematically investigating the group's writings, sources, and patronage in relation to the Risogimento. The book also examines both contemporary and later critical responses, revealing how French art criticism has obscured the achievements of Macchiaioli art. Richly illustrated, The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento will appeal to anyone interested in nineteenth-century European art or the history of Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226063300
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. (Re)constructing Italian Nationalism
2. Strategies of Representation
3. Macchiaiolismo versus Accademismo
4. The Macchia and the Risorgimento
5. The First Italian National Exposition of 1861
6. Patronage and Reception of the Macchiaioli
7. Religiou and Social Themes
8. Requiem for the Caffè Michelangiolo
Notes
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >