Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-century Paris

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University of California Press, 1994 - Art - 289 pages
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Founded in the final years of the Enlightenment, the Louvre--with the greatest collection of Old Master paintings and antique sculpture assembled under one roof--became the model for all state art museums subsequently established. Andrew McClellan chronicles the formation of this great museum from its origins in the French royal picture collections to its apotheosis during the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire. More than a narrative history, McClellan's account explores the ideological underpinnings, pedagogic aims, and aesthetic criteria of the Louvre. Drawing on new archival materials, McClellan also illuminates the art world of eighteenth-century Paris.

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A good read. I will say I expected it to interpret the history of the formation of the Louvre as a precedent for aspects of the modern museum, but rather it was a complete and detailed history that I ... Read full review


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Andrew McClellan is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University.

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