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- DescriptionKeren Rosa Hammerschlag's Frederic Leighton: Death, Mortality, Resurrection offers a timely reexamination of the art of the late Victorian period's most institutionally powerful artist, Frederic Lord Leighton (1830-1896). As President of the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1896, Leighton was committed to the pursuit of beauty in art through the depiction of classical subjects, executed according to an academic working-method. But as this book reveals, Leighton's art and discourse were beset by the realisation that academic art would likely die with him. Rather than achieving classical perfection, Hammerschlag argues, Leighton's figures hover in transitional states between realism and idealism, flesh and marble, life and death, as gothic distortions of the classical ideal. The author undertakes close readings of key paintings, sculptures, frescos and drawings in Leighton's oeuvre, and situates them in the context of contemporaneous debates about death and resurrection in theology, archaeology and medicine. The outcome is a pleasurably macabre counter-biography that reconfigures what it meant to be t just a late-Victorian neoclassicist and royal academician, but President of the Victorian Royal Academy.
- Author BiographyKeren Rosa Hammerschlag is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
- Author(s)Keren Rosa Hammerschlag
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication16/12/2015
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleBritish Art: Histories and Interpretations Since 1700
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 12 colour and 83 b&w illustrations
- Weight793 g
- Width174 mm
- Height246 mm
- Series Edited byProfessor David Peters Corbett,Dr. Sarah Monks
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