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Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture
     

Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture

by Allison Lee Palmer
 

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At the end of the 18th century, a philosophical shift in idea and form occurred that shaped the basis for the Romantic era. This age was achieved self-consciously through theory and encompassed the arts and literature. It includes a plethora of styles that are today gathered together under the umbrella of Romanticism, but it also draws much from the preceding

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At the end of the 18th century, a philosophical shift in idea and form occurred that shaped the basis for the Romantic era. This age was achieved self-consciously through theory and encompassed the arts and literature. It includes a plethora of styles that are today gathered together under the umbrella of Romanticism, but it also draws much from the preceding Neoclassicism. Romanticism is largely an intellectual movement that grew out of the lingering effects of the revolt against aristocratic rule that begin with the French Revolution. It includes the works of such greats as Jacques-Louis David, Frederic Edwin Church, Eugène Delacroix, Winslow Homer, Victor Hugo, Francisco Goya, Thomas Cole, and William Blake. The Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture provides an overview of Romanticism, focusing on its major artists, architects, stylistic subcategories, ideas, and historical framework of the late 18th century style. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on famous artists, sculptors, architects, patrons, and other historical figures and events. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Romanticism.

Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Part of the "Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts" series, this volume by Palmer on Romantic art and architecture is a welcome addition. Although abundant specialized scholarship on Romanticism is available, this dictionary's introduction provides excellent historical context for understanding this disparate and complex artistic era. A short chronology focuses on major political events of the time, along with seminal artistic achievements. The 200-plus dictionary entries include artists, architects, and movements. A generous and helpful bibliography is organized by movements and styles; philosophers and aesthetic philosophies; individual countries; and individual artists. Entries, although succinct, are authoritative. The strength of this reference title lies in the scholarly overview it provides by way of introduction, in the entries, and in the bibliography. ... Recommended.
Booklist
Romantic art and architecture departed significantly from their predecessor movement, the neoclassical. Events such as the American and French Revolutions and the rise and fall of Napoléon are among the factors that gave rise to a wide variety of movements and styles. These include the Gothic revival, classical revival, Orientalism, and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as well as regional movements such as the Hudson River school of landscape painting in the U.S. and the German Nazarene movement. This volume provides a succinct overview on Romanticism while at the same time giving access to more topic-specific sources for further study. Entries cover art movements, styles, and aesthetic philosophies, but most deal with artists—painters, printmakers, sculptors, and architects. Focus is on the nineteenth century, although some articles treat eighteenth-century precursors, and others deal with offshoots in the early years of the twentieth, such as the Arts and Crafts movement. A detailed chronology and informative introduction precede the body of the work. Fourteen black-and-white reproductions are well placed with the articles that apply to them....The bibliography is substantive enough to require a table of contents and provides citations to print resources on Romanticism generally, the specific styles within the movement, and specific artists. More current than Lorenz Eitner’s Neoclassicism and Romanticism (Prentice-Hall, 1970), this is a sound addition to larger college and university collections.
Choice
Part of the "Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts" series, this volume by Palmer on Romantic art and architecture is a welcome addition. Although abundant specialized scholarship on Romanticism is available, this dictionary's introduction provides excellent historical context for understanding this disparate and complex artistic era. A short chronology focuses on major political events of the time, along with seminal artistic achievements. The 200-plus dictionary entries include artists, architects, and movements. A generous and helpful bibliography is organized by movements and styles; philosophers and aesthetic philosophies; individual countries; and individual artists. Entries, although succinct, are authoritative. The strength of this reference title lies in the scholarly overview it provides by way of introduction, in the entries, and in the bibliography. ... Recommended.
Library Journal
Palmer's (art history, Univ. of Oklahoma; Historical Dictionary of Architecture) work encompasses the Western world's romantic era (approximately 1750–1850) in art and architecture and will suit a range of audiences. The 200-plus entries are uniformly clearly written and comprehensive. Palmer avoids catering to one audience or another, eschewing both confusing snobbery and extraneous bloat and filling the entries with cross-references for possibly unfamiliar art terms and artists from the period. The title's only real problem is that the entries don't include pronunciation assistance, and this limits the reader's ability to connect the material to information from a lecture or discussion. However, neither this nor the inclusion of only 14 black-and-white illustrations is enough to detract seriously from the book's virtues, especially since the omissions leave space for an informative introduction and chronology, along with a well-organized, extensive bibliography. BOTTOM LINE Although Palmer's Historical Dictionary is surprisingly short and, for a reference book, inexpensive, it is also comprehensive, well written, and easy to read. Recommended for both high school students writing papers and for academics who don't specialize in the area.—Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810874732
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/10/2011
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
836 KB

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Meet the Author

Allison Lee Palmer is associate professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Historical Dictionary of Neoclassical Art and Architecture (Scarecrow, 2011) and Historical Dictionary of Architecture (Scarecrow, 2008).

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