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Title: Review of Fraser, Hilary, 'The Victorians and Renaissance Italy', Oxford and Cambridge Mass., 1992: cloth; pp. xii, 308; 25 plates; R.R.P. AUS$69.95 [distributed in Australia by Allen & Unwin].
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S (author)
Publication Date: 1994
DOI: 10.1353/pgn.1994.0028
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Abstract: This hugely stimulating volume of interdisciplinary richness is concerned to take the reader through the complex tale of how the Victorians, notably historians and artists of various media, endeavoured to 'reinvent' the Italian Renaissance. Beginning with the seminal notions of the earlier cultural dawn/Renaissance by Jules Michelet in 1855 and Jacob Burckhardt in 1860, Dr. Fraser argues most persuasively that the named continental writers, to whom the work of making the particular grand images is customarily ascribed, were to some extent preceded in Britain by many writers, artists, critics, and historians who had already begun the task influenced by 'specifically British cultural values and conditions'. Of enormous importance here was the massive growth of interest in Italian Renaissance history and art, due in particular to the increase in gallery exhibitions from mid-century and to the positive contribution from 1849 of the publications of the London-based Arundel Society or 'Society for promoting the knowledge of Art'.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Parergon, 12(1), p. 140-141
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0313-6221
Field of Research (FOR): 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
210305 British History
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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