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Inventing the Louvre

Inventing the Louvre
Art, Politics and Invention of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth Century Paris

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  • Date Published: May 1994
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 1996
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521450652

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  • Containing the greatest collection of Old Master paintings and antique sculptures ever assembled under one roof, the Louvre, founded in the final years of the Enlightenment, became the model for all state art museums subsequently established. This book chronicles the formation of this great museum, from its origins in the French royal picture collections to its apotheosis during the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire. More than a narrative history, Andrew McClellan's account explores the ideological underpinnings, pedagogic aims, and aesthetic criteria of the Louvre, as well as its contemporary, the Museum of French Monuments, which in complementary ways laid the foundation for the modern museum age. Here, the central and abiding questions of museum practice-arrangement of art works, lightning, restoration and conservation, public education and service to the state - were first defined and given visual expression. Drawing on much new and archival material, this book also casts new light on the art world of eighteenth- century Paris and its most colourful characters, from Roger de Piles and La Font de Saint-Yonne, to Jacques-Louis David and Alexandre Lenoir.

    • Should appeal to both art historians and those interested in European culture in general
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    'A masterly account.' Burlington Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521450652
    • length: 303 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 210 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.131kg
    • contains: 97 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 1996
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. The Luxembourg gallery, 1750–1779
    2. D'Angiviller's Louvre project
    3. The revolutionary Louvre
    4. The Musée Central des Arts
    5. Alexandre Lenoir and the Museum of French Monuments

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    Andrew McClellan

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