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Public Art In France and Spain, 1780-1830
Examines themes and styles of the idealistic works of Jacques-Louis David and his influence on other public art, focusing on political art based on Enlightenment values.
# 14897 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | 1999 | US


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The ideal of public art fostered by Jacques-Louis David was embraced by painters in France and Spain in the period 1780 to 1830. This was a political art, based on the ideals of the Enlightenment, which engaged in criticism or praise of the state. But in this extremely volatile period shifts in politics, transformations of the state, and changes of leaders in the two countries meant that this highly political art did not always meet David's ideal. Depending on the state of politics the times could call for praise or blame of the leadership or would allow more or less explicit critiques by painters.

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"The ideal of public art fostered by Jacques-Louis David was embraced by painters in France and Spain in the period 1780 to 1830. This was a political art, based on the ideals of the Enlightenment, which engaged in criticism or praise of the state. But in this extremely volatile period shifts in politics, transformations of the state, and changes of leaders in the two countries meant that this highly political art did not always meet David's ideal. Depending on the state of politics the times could call for praise or blame of the leadership or would allow more or less explicit critiques by painters. An examination of four examples of public art from this period shows how painters sought to promote Enlightenment ideals despite great differences in the political circumstances to which they responded. A comparison of David's Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of ..."

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