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British Baroque: Power and Illusion

British Baroque: Power and Illusion

by Tabitha Barber (Editor)


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A fresh and visually breathtaking new look at the art of the late Stuart period in Britain (1660–1714)

From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of change for Britain. This book, which accompanies a major exhibition at Tate Britain, London, explores how art and architecture was used by the crown, the church, and the aristocracy to project images of power and status in an age when the power of the monarchy was being questioned. Including the work of the leading painters of the day—including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller, and James Thornhill—it celebrates ambitious grand-scale portraits, the persuasive illusion of mural painting, the brilliant woodcarving of Grinling Gibbons, and magnificent architecture by Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor, and John Vanbrugh for St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court and Blenheim Palace—the great buildings of the age. Here is the opportunity to encounter a rich, sophisticated, but largely forgotten era of art history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849766814
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tabitha Barber is curator of British art, 1500–1750, at Tate, London.

Table of Contents

Sponsor's Foreword 6

Director's Foreword 7

Introduction Tabitha Barber 11

Restoration Tabitha Barber 15

The Restoration Court David A.H.B. Taylor 29

The Religious Interior Tabitha Barber 51

Illusion and Deception Tim Batchelor 63

Wren and the English Baroque Anthony Geraghty 77

Country Mansions and Their Patrons James Legard 88

Landscapes: The Bird's-Eye View Amy Lim 92

Courtly Gardens Amy Lim 94

The Duchess of Beaufort's Rare Exotics Tabitha Barber 101

Painted Interiors Lydia Hamlett 103

Beauty Tabitha Barber 115

Porcelain and Lacquer Amy Lim 126

Triumph and Glory Tabitha Barber Tim Batchelor 131

The Age of Politics Tabitha Barber 145

Notes 160

Bibliography 161

List of Exhibited Works 164

Index 169

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