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The conversation piece : making modern art in 18th century Britain

Title
The conversation piece : making modern art in 18th century Britain / Kate Retford.
ISBN
9780300194807
0300194803
Publication
New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, [2017]
Physical Description
xi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary
Pioneered by William Hogarth (1697-1764) and his peers in the early 18th century, and then revitalized by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810), the conversation piece was an innovative mode of portraiture, depicting groups posed in landscape or domestic settings. These artists grappled with creating complex multi-figured compositions and intricate narratives, filling their paintings with representations of socially, nationally, and temporally precise customs. Paying particular attention to the vibrant (and at times fabricated) interior and exterior settings in these works, Kate Retford discusses the various ways that the conversation piece engaged with the rich material culture of Georgian Britain. The book also explores how these portraits served a wide array of interests and concerns among familial networks and larger social groups. From codifying performances of politeness to engaging in cross-cultural exchanges, the conversation piece was a complex and nuanced expression of a multifaceted society.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 09, 2017
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-403) and index.
Genre/Form
History.
Citation

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