Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture
A look at how nineteenth-century viewers experienced art.
# 143475 | 2,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Political Science (Communism) , Art (Painting)

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This paper analyzes and discusses how one experienced visual art in the nineteenth century. The paper quotes the works of intellectual historian, Crary, and his various ideas. The first is that all that is sold melts into air. The second idea appeasl to the "expanding chaos of images" reflecting something of The Communist Manifesto's invocation of the awe of the new.

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"Crary (20) states that: The observer of paintings in the nineteenth century was always also an observer who simultaneously consumed a proliferating range of optical and sensory experiences. In other words, paintings were produced and assumed meaning not in some impossible kind of aesthetic isolation, or in a continuous tradition of painterly codes, but as one of many consumable and fleeting elements within an expanding chaos of images, commodities, and stimulation. In the broader tradition of intellectual history, Crary is appealing to..."

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