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Art in the age of Queen Victoria : treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts permanent collection
Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
Publication Information:
London : Royal Academy of Arts in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London, [1999]

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167 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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N6767 .R66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A celebration of the artists and subjects of the Victorian period, drawing on paintings and sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. More than 70 works are catalogued, and there are biographies of featured artists, with insights into artistic subjects, styles and techniques.

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Choice Review

Art in the Age of Queen Victoria, the catalog of an exhibition currently touring a number of US cities, is not a survey of British art during this monarch's long reign but rather a selection of work from the period drawn from the collection of the Royal Academy of Arts. As such, it excludes some of the best artists of the era who would otherwise be represented in any overview of Victorian art. The book's team of authors freely acknowledge this fact while making their case for examining the academy's role in nurturing the arts during a period of considerable change in artistic taste and public interest. Of the four essays, one charts the development of Victorian painting while two focus on the Academy as an institution and as a school for aspiring artists. The last usefully examines "Victorian painting technique" in a manner at once lucid and informative. There are more than 70 excellent color plates, a section devoted to biographies of the academicians, and a chronology offering year-by-year context. Although a worthwhile addition to the literature, because of its somewhat restricted focus this book will appeal primarily to readers who already have a firm grounding in Victorian art. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. W. S. Rodner; Tidewater Community College

Table of Contents

Julian TreuherzMaryAnne StevensHelen ValentineHelen GlanvilleRebecca Virag
Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Benefactorsp. 7
President's Forewordp. 9
A Brief Survey of Victorian Paintingp. 12
The Royal Academy in the Age of Queen Victoriap. 26
The Royal Academy Schools in the Victorian Periodp. 40
Victorian Painting Technique: A Craft Reinvented?p. 48
CatalogueHelen Valentine and MaryAnne Stevens
Presidents of the Royal Academy of Arts during the Reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901)p. 55
Historical Genrep. 67
Mythological and Classical Subjectsp. 89
Modern Genrep. 103
Towards the Exoticp. 123
Landscape Paintingp. 131
Biographiesp. 143
Chronologyp. 161
Bibliographyp. 164
List of Artists Representedp. 166
Photographic Creditsp. 167