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Civilisation and nineteenth-century art : a European concept in a global context

Over the course of the long nineteenth century, Civilisation was the subject of some of the most prominent public mural paintings and sculptures in Europe and the United States, especially those that speculated on the direction of history. It also underpinned Western depictions of non-Western societies and evaluations of social progress and artistic excellence. The essays in this volume explore the ways in which the idea of Civilisation acted as a lens through which Europeans and Americans represented themselves and others, how this concept reshaped understandings of historical and artistic development, and also how it changed and was put to new uses as the century progressed. This collection will prove invaluable to students and academics in both history and art history. -- Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2016
Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2016
Conference papers and proceedings
xvi, 252 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 25 cm
9781784992682, 1784992682
Introduction : what was civilisation? / David O'Brien
Theism and the civilising process in James Barry's Society of Arts murals / Daniel Guernsey
Evaluating others : the mirroring of Chinese civilisation in Britain / Greg M. Thomas
Civilisation as a suffering woman in late nineteenth-century River Plate / Laura Malosetti Costa
Civilising Rome : Anglo-American artists and the colonial encounter / Melissa Dabakis
Kultur and zivilisation in 1842-43, or the failure of the first global art history / Jeanne-Marie Musto
Civilisation and the encyclopaedic impulse : Hokusai, Diderot, and the Japanese album as encyclopédie / Emily Eastgate Brink
Second Rome or seat of savagery? The case of Byzantium in nineteenth-century European imaginaries / Maria Taroutina
Going native/going British : Victorian mimesis, alterity, and repetition / Julie Codell
Pre-Columbian civilisation as cultural patrimony : archaeology and nationalism at the world's fairs / Matthew Johnston
"This volume grew out of two sessions at the Annual Conference for the College Art Association in Los Angeles in 2012"--Page xiii