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Madrid, Rome, Paris: Spanish history painting from 1856 to 1897

Christensen, MJ; (2016) Madrid, Rome, Paris: Spanish history painting from 1856 to 1897. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

During the last half of the nineteenth century, the Spanish central government undertook a series of reforms in the education, exhibition, and patronage of fine arts resulting in what may be considered the most prolific period of painting in Spain’s history. As a part of broad national educational reform, Spain’s independent regional art academies came under the management of the Central Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, which was dominated by Frencheducated artist administrators. Under their leadership, arts education changed dramatically though an increasing the number of fine art academies — including an academy in Rome for the most promising Spanish artists — establishing a uniform curriculum, and dramatically expanding arts educational to regional and poor students. Beginning in 1856, with the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes — the Spanish equivalent of the Paris Salon — Spanish artists competed with one another for the first time on a national stage. The eighteen Exposiciones Nacionales held in Madrid between 1856 and 1897 coincided with turbulent political and social changes. By examining key works submitted and awarded the Exposición Nacional, this study maps the changes in patronage and audiences for the fine arts in Spain during the last half of the nineteenth century; from Spanish-history paintings predominantly made for and sponsored by the government to paintings of contemporary subjects made for and purchased by a growing private market.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Madrid, Rome, Paris: Spanish history painting from 1856 to 1897
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of History of Art
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482070
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