Enlightened Princesses

Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World

Author: David Bindman,Cassandra Albinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300217100

Category: Art

Page: 512

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Caroline of Ansbach (1683-1737), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719-1772), and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (1744-1818) were three German princesses who became Queens Consort--or, in the case of Augusta, Queen in Waiting, Regent, and Princess Dowager--of Great Britain, and were linked by their early years at European princely courts, their curiosity, aspirations, and an investment in Enlightenment thought. This sumptuously illustrated book considers the ways these powerful, intelligent women left enduring marks on British culture through a wide range of activities: the promotion of the court as a dynamic forum of the Hanoverian regime; the enrichment of the royal collection of art; the advancement of science and industry; and the creation of gardens and menageries. Objects included range from spectacular state portraits to pedagogical toys to plant and animal specimens, and reveal how the new and novel intermingled with the traditional.
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Queen Caroline

Cultural Politics at the Early Eighteenth-Century Court

Author: Joanna Marschner

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300197778

Category: Art

Page: 229

View: 9711

As the wife of King George II, Caroline of Ansbach became queen of England in 1727. Known for her intelligence and strong character, Queen Caroline wielded considerable political power until her death in 1737. She was enthusiastic and energetic in her cultural patronage, engaging in projects that touched on the arts, architecture, gardens, literature, science, and natural philosophy. This meticulously researched volume will survey Caroline’s significant contributions to the arts and culture and the ways in which she used her patronage to strengthen the royal family’s connections between the recently installed House of Hanover and English society. She established an extensive library at St. James’s Palace, and her renowned salons attracted many of the great thinkers of the day; Voltaire wrote of her, "I must say that despite all her titles and crowns, this princess was born to encourage the arts and the well-being of mankind.”
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Splendour at court

dressing for royal occasions since 1700

Author: Nigel Arch,Joanna Marschner

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia


Category: Design

Page: 128

View: 9632

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Art, Passion & Power

The Story of the Royal Collection

Author: Michael Hall

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473530954

Category: Art

Page: 352

View: 4126

"Hall’s consummate history is not just the story of the evolution of one of the world’s great collections... The book is also a through-the-keyhole insight into the shifting tastes, good or bad, of 1,000 years of monarchs." - The Times The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million artworks and objects, it covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, from paintings by Rembrandt and Michelangelo to grand sculpture, Fabergé eggs and some of the most exquisite furniture ever made. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past 500 years. With unprecedented access to the royal residences of St James' Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, Art, Passion & Power traces the history of this national institution from the Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how royalty used the arts to strengthen their position as rulers by divine right and celebrating treasures from the Crown Jewels to the "Abraham" tapestries in Hampton Court Palace. Author Michael Hall examines the monarchy's response to changing attitudes to the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment and celebrates the British monarchy's role in the democratisation of art in the modern world. Packed with glimpses of rarely seen artworks, Art, Passion & Power is a visual treat for all art enthusiasts. Accompanying the BBC television series and a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, Art, Passion & Power is the definitive statement on the British monarchy's treasures of the art world.
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Canaletto in England

A Venetian Artist Abroad, 1746-1755

Author: Charles Beddington,Dulwich Picture Gallery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300119695

Category: Art

Page: 206

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The fame of Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, rests mainly on his vivid paintings of Venice, his native city. Only rarely was he tempted to travel, but the popularity of his works with British tourists and patrons led him to England in 1746, and his visit became a productive, nine-year stay. This beautiful book focuses on the fruits of Canaletto’s English sojourn, reproducing the views of London he painted while there, as well as the Italian and imaginary views he painted in response to the vigorous demands of his patrons. The book offers a full study of Canaletto’s English period along with detailed catalogue entries for about fifty paintings and twenty drawings. The works depict such landmarks as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, and Westminster Bridge as well as views of Venice and Rome and caprices in which the artist playfully organizes Renaissance palaces and Classical ruins in fanciful juxtapositions.
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Van Dyck

The Anatomy of Portraiture

Author: Stijn Alsteens,Adam Eaker,An Van Camp,Bert Watteeuw,Xavier F. Salomon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300212054


Page: 320

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The first major examination of Anthony van Dyck s work as a portraitist and an essential resource on this aspect of his illustrious career "
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Decorating the 'godly' Household

Religious Art in Post-reformation Britain

Author: Tara Hamling

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300162820

Category: Design

Page: 348

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Tara Hamling examines decorative features from historic houses throughout England and Scotland and identifies a significant but overlooked trend in the history of British art. She reveals a widespread fashion for large-scale religious imagery in houses owned by the gentry and prosperous middle classes during the period 1560-1660 which is interpreted in relation to life in the 'godly' household. The book is copiously illustrated with narrative imagery in wall painting, plasterwork, carved wood and stone and a range of objects including furniture, textiles and ceramics. The character of this 'decorative' art is explored in relation to the functions of rooms in the early modern domestic interior with a focus on how religious imagery might inform and support spiritual activities taking place within the home. The visual evidence throughout the book is supported by extracts from contemporary texts to elucidate the meanings of imagery for its original audience.
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Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro

Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland

Author: Jennifer A. Watts,Scott Wilcox

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300201499

Category: Photography

Page: 220

View: 9374

Bruce Davidson (b. 1933) and Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) are two of the greatest American photographers of their generation. Working in different traditions, and exhibiting fundamentally distinct approaches, they are both brilliant observers whose art inspires and provokes. This book, the first to pair the two, examines the work they produced during visits to Britain and Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The gritty sensibility that made Bruce Davidson’s series Brooklyn Gang such a sensation was unmistakable as he trained his camera on the gamut of British society, travelling from London to Scotland and later to the mining region of Wales. Paul Caponigro, steeped in a formalist black-and-white landscape tradition, made expressive portraits of prehistoric stone circles, dolmens, and ancient Irish churches in the landscape. Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro brings the work of these artists together into a dramatic visual dialogue.
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Things of Beauty Growing

British Studio Pottery

Author: Glenn Adamson,Martina Droth,Simon Olding

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300227468

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 472

View: 5456

For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel--such as bowl, vase, and charger--that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.
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The London Square

Gardens in the Midst of Town

Author: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300152012

Category: Architecture

Page: 334

View: 7330

"Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art."
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Imagining the Pacific

In the Wake of the Cook Voyages

Author: Bernard Smith

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300050530

Category: Architecture

Page: 262

View: 9217

A discussion of how the voyages of European artists and scientists to the Pacific during the time of Cook's voyages influenced art and literature of the period. It covers such topics as the impact of science, topography and travel on the genres of the academy and effects of empirical naturalism.
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Gothic Wonder

Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style, 1290-1350

Author: Paul Binski

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300204001

Category: Architecture

Page: 452

View: 4345

Pre-publication title: The heroic age of Gothic invention.
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A Queen of Tears: Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark and Norway and Princess of Great Britain and Ireland (Complete)

Author: William Henry Wilkins

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465607404


Page: N.A

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Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark and Norway, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland (a sister of George III.), was born at Leicester House, London, on Thursday, July 22, 1751. She was the ninth and youngest child of Frederick Prince of Wales and of his wife Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, and came into the world a little more than four months after her father’s death. There is a Scandinavian superstition to the effect that children born fatherless are heirs to misfortune. The life of this “Queen of Tears” would seem to illustrate its truth. Caroline Matilda inherited many of her father’s qualities, notably his warm, emotional temperament, his desire to please and his open-handed liberality. Both in appearance and disposition she resembled her father much more than her mother. Some account of this Prince is therefore necessary for a right understanding of his daughter’s character, for, though she was born after his death, the silent forces of heredity influenced her life. Frederick Prince of Wales was the elder son of George II. and of his consort Caroline of Ansbach. He was born in Hanover during the reign of Queen Anne, when the prospects of his family to succeed to the crown of England were doubtful, and he did not come to England until he was in his twenty-second year and his father had reigned two years. He came against the will of the King and Queen, whose cherished wish was that their younger son William Duke of Cumberland should succeed to the English throne, and the elder remain in Hanover. The unkindness with which Frederick was treated by his father had the effect of driving him into opposition to the court and the government. He had inherited from his mother many of the graces that go to captivate the multitude, and he soon became popular. Every cast-off minister, every discontented politician, sought the Prince of Wales, and found in him a ready weapon to harass the government and wound the King. The Prince had undoubted grievances, such as his restricted allowance and the postponement of his marriage to a suitable princess. For some years after Frederick’s arrival in England the King managed to evade the question of the marriage, but at last, owing chiefly to the clamour of the opposition, he reluctantly arranged a match between the Prince of Wales and Augusta, daughter of the reigning Duke of Saxe-Gotha.
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Gardens of Court and Country

English Design 1630-1730

Author: David Jacques

Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300222017

Category: Formal gardens

Page: 416

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Gardens of Court and Country provides the first comprehensive overview of the development of the English formal garden from 1630 to 1730. Often overshadowed by the English landscape garden that became fashionable later in the 18th century, English formal gardens of the 17th century displayed important design innovations that reflected a broad rethinking of how gardens functioned within society. With insights into how the Protestant nobility planned and used their formal gardens, the domestication of the lawn, and the transformation of gardens into large rustic parks, David Jacques explores the ways forecourts, flower gardens, bowling greens, cascades, and more were created and reimagined over time. This handsome volume includes 300 illustrations – including plans, engravings, and paintings – that bring lost and forgotten gardens back to life.
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Citizen Portrait

Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales

Author: Tarnya Cooper

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300162790

Category: Art

Page: 251

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For much of early modern history, the opportunity to be immortalized in a portrait was explicitly tied to social class: only landed elite and royalty had the money and power to commission such an endeavor. But in the second half of the 16th century, access began to widen to the urban middle class, including merchants, lawyers, physicians, clergy, writers, and musicians. As portraiture proliferated in English cities and towns, the middle class gained social visibility—not just for themselves as individuals, but for their entire class or industry. In Citizen Portrait, Tarnya Cooper examines the patronage and production of portraits in Tudor and Jacobean England, focusing on the motivations of those who chose to be painted and the impact of the resulting images. Highlighting the opposing, yet common, themes of piety and self-promotion, Cooper has revealed a fresh area of interest for scholars of early modern British art.
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A Woman of Two Worlds

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Author: Alexandra Deutsch

Publisher: Maryland Historical Society

ISBN: 9780996594431

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 3356

In this well-balanced and exceptionally sensitive work, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte finally breathes.
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The National Gallery Companion Guide

Author: National Gallery (Great Britain),Erika Langmuir

Publisher: National Gallery London

ISBN: 9780300061338

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 1667

The Companion Guide introduces art lovers to one of the richest and most representative collections of Western European paintings in the world, including famous works by Piero della Francesca, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velaquez, Ingres, Degas and many others and works by less familiar artists.
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Spanish Books in the Europe of the Enlightenment (Paris and London)

A View from Abroad

Author: Nicolás Bas Martín

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004359524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

View: 3331

In A View from Abroad Nicolás Bas recreates, using a bibliographical approach, the manner in which Spain was regarded in Europe in the Eighteenth century, by consulting booksellers’ catalogues, private book collections and key auctions in Paris and London.
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