The French Revolution as Blasphemy: Johan Zoffany's Paintings of the Massacre at Paris, August 10, 1792 / Edition 1

The French Revolution as Blasphemy: Johan Zoffany's Paintings of the Massacre at Paris, August 10, 1792 / Edition 1

by William L. Pressly, Johann Zoffany
     
 


William Pressly presents for the first time a close analysis of two important, neglected paintings, arguing that they are among the most extraordinary works of art devoted to the French Revolution. Johan Zoffany's Plundering the King's Cellar at Paris, August 10, 1792, and Celebrating over the Bodies of the Swiss Soldiers, both painted in about 1794,See more details below

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William Pressly presents for the first time a close analysis of two important, neglected paintings, arguing that they are among the most extraordinary works of art devoted to the French Revolution. Johan Zoffany's Plundering the King's Cellar at Paris, August 10, 1792, and Celebrating over the Bodies of the Swiss Soldiers, both painted in about 1794, represent events that helped turn the English against the Revolution.

Pressly places both paintings in their historical context—a time of heightened anti-French hysteria—and relates them to pictorial conventions: contemporary history painting, the depiction of urban mobs in satiric and festival imagery, and Hogarth's humorous presentation of modern moral subjects, all of which Zoffany adopted and reinvented for his own purposes. Pressly relates the paintings to Zoffany's status as a German-born Catholic living in Protestant England and to Zoffany's vision of revolutionary justice and the role played by the sansculottes, women, and blacks. He also examines the religious dimension in Zoffany's paintings, showing how they broke new ground by conveying Christian themes in a radically new format.

Art historians will find Pressly's book of immense value, as will cultural historians interested in religion, gender, and race.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520211964
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Discovery Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction1
1A Checkered Career7
2The Journee of August 10, 179216
3A Modern Bacchanal: Plundering the King's Cellar at Paris48
4The Furies of Hell: Celebrating over the Bodies of the Swiss Soldiers72
5Thesis and Antithesis: An Antiheroic Art105
6Counterrevolutionary Propaganda128
7Religious Transcendence142
AppCatalogue of Zoffany's Paintings of the French Revolution155
Notes159
Selected Bibliography191
Index203

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