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The Image of Antiquity: Ancient Britain and the Romantic Imagination
     

The Image of Antiquity: Ancient Britain and the Romantic Imagination

by Sam Smiles
 
The antiquarians and artists of the 18th and 19th centuries had an important influence on modern ideas surrounding Ancient Britain, and the way that it is popularly pictured. Whilst many of their ideas have been superseded by modern archaeological excavation many of their myths and images, particularly that of the Druid, survive today. This study, subtitled 'Ancient

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The antiquarians and artists of the 18th and 19th centuries had an important influence on modern ideas surrounding Ancient Britain, and the way that it is popularly pictured. Whilst many of their ideas have been superseded by modern archaeological excavation many of their myths and images, particularly that of the Druid, survive today. This study, subtitled 'Ancient Britain and the Romantic magination', examines the interplay between antiquarian research, historiography and the visual arts in constructing an image of Britain from prehistoric times to the arrival of the Saxons. Smiles discusses changing concepts of British antiquity and of cultural origins, the status of antiquarian research and the celebration of barbarian ancestors in northern Europe. An important book synthesising early modern responses to the ancient past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300058147
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Series
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)

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