The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento

The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento

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During the 1860s and '70s, more than a decade before the development of French Impressionism, Italy produced a group of avant-garde artists whose fervently nationalist paintings anticipated some of Impressionism's theoretical concerns. These artists were called qMacchiaioliq because they based their technique on a quickly rendered macchia, or sketch. In the first extended sociopolitical interpretation in English of this important group, Albert Boime places the Macchiaioli in the cultural context of the Risorgimentoa€”the political movement that unified Italy, freed from foreign rule, under a secular, constitutional government. Anglo-American art criticism has generally neglected these painters (probably because of their overt political affiliation and nationalist expression), but Boime shows that these artists, while deeply political, nevertheless created aesthetically superior work. Boime's study departs from previous research on the Macchiaioli by systematically investigating the group's writings, sources, and patronage in relation to the Risogimento. The book also examines both contemporary and later critical responses, revealing how French art criticism has obscured the achievements of Macchiaioli art. Richly illustrated, The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento will appeal to anyone interested in nineteenth-century European art or the history of Italy.Durbd is not always happy with what he has spawned: see his cautiously respectful critique of my essay for the Wight exhibition: D. Durbe\ ... A. W. Salomone, aquot;The Risorgimento between Ideology and History: The Political Myth of Riroluzione Mancataaquot; American History Re- vicv68 (October 1962): 38-56. ... Q. Hoare and G. N. Smith (New York, 1971), 74-76, 98-102. ... G. O. Griffith, Mazzini, Prophtt of Modern Europe (London, 1932); G. Salvemini, Mazzini (Stanford, California, 1956). 5.

Title:The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento
Author: Albert Boime
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1993-05-15

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