The Melancholy of Masterpieces : Old master paintings in America, 1900-1914
Title: The Melancholy of Masterpieces : Old master paintings in America, 1900-1914
Author: GENNARI SANTORI, Flaminia
Publisher: 5 Continents
Citation: Milan, 5 Continents, 2003
The book is an investigation of American collecting between 1900 and 1914 and of the impact of transatlantic displacements and mass media on the public's perception of old master paintings. Rather than a consideration of single collectors or the itineraries of their acquisitions, this is an analysis of the political, cultural, and social implications of the phenomenon and how it functioned within American society and in relation to Europe. Retrieved is the New York milieu of journalists, political commentators, and "tastemasters" who constructed a journalistic genre, a means of collective identification, and an instrument of personal strategy around the arrival of old master paintings in America. These actors rapidly and effectively turned the acquisition of old masters into a national cultural act, which this text places in a larger narrative that involves issues of national identity and cultural definition.
Table of Contents:
--The Public Construction of Private Art Collecting: Old Master Paintings in the American Press --Businessmen with Taste: The Ideal American Art Collector Connoiseurs and Experts --Jaccaci and La Farge's 'Noteworthy Paintings in American Pricate Collections' --'A worthy monument to American culture': the making of the book European Experts and American Editors
Type of Access: openAccess
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/5765
Version: Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 2002
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