Carol Duncan's Civilizing rituals : inside public art museums PDF

By Carol Duncan

ISBN-10: 0203978714

ISBN-13: 9780203978719

ISBN-10: 0415070112

ISBN-13: 9780415070119

ISBN-10: 0415070120

ISBN-13: 9780415070126

The artwork museum as ritual -- From the princely gallery to the general public paintings museum: the Louvre Museum and the nationwide Gallery, London -- Public areas, inner most pursuits: municipal paintings museums in big apple and Chicago -- anything everlasting: the Donor Memorial -- the trendy artwork museum: it is a man's international

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1 It was also with the Louvre that public art museums became signs of politically virtuous states. By the end of the nineteenth century, every western nation would boast at least one important public art museum. 2 Meanwhile in the West, museum fever continues unabated. Clearly, from the start, having a public art museum brought with it political advantages. This chapter will look at two of the most important public art museums in Europe, the Louvre Museum in Paris and the National Gallery in London.

3) (subsequently removed). Other ceilings further expound the symbolic meanings of the museum’s program. Throughout the nineteenth century, museum authorities used the ceilings to spell them out, lecturing visitors from above. They especially hammered home the idea of the state as protector of the arts. Often resorting to traditional princely iconography, images and insignia repeatedly identified this or that government or monarch as the nation’s cultural benefactor. One ceiling, for example, decorating the museum’s 1812 grand stairway (the stair is gone but the ceiling remains), represents France in the Guise of Minerva Protecting the Arts (by Meynier, 1819).

2 The old Louvre Palace, a former royal apartment, converted to museum use in the nineteenth century (photo: author). 3 Creating a genius ceiling in the central dome of the Louvre’s Daru Staircase (from L’Illustration, 27 August, 1887). The decorations were later removed (photo: author). Increasingly the iconography of the museum centered on artists. For example, in the Musée Charles X (the series of rooms opened to the public in the 1820s), ceilings still celebrate great patron-princes of the past; but artists are also abundantly present.

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