The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1759-1838

The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1759-1838

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Book News
Porterfield (art history, U. of Montreal, Canada) has done an admirable job in producing a superb collection of essays, as well as organizing the conference where they were first delivered, held jointly with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in 2006. The prevalence of caricature, and its power to rouse strong emotions over religious, political, and social causes were definitive characteristics when the form arose in the 18th century, as Porterfield describes in his lengthy introduction, and is borne out by the essays that follow. Detailing broad trends as well as specific examples, and heavily illustrated with b&w plates of excellent quality, the essays provide a compelling resource for the forms and uses of caricature in a time of great political change. The contributors are art historians in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell UK
Searing disputes over caricature have recently sparked flames across the world”the culmination, not the beginning, of the story of one of modernity's definitive artistic practices. Modern visual satire erupts during a period marked by reform and revolution, by cohering nationalisms and expanding empires, and by the emerging discipline of art history. This has long been recognized as its Golden Age. It is time to look anew. In The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1759-1838, an international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational team of scholars reconfigures the geography of modern visual satire, as the expansive narrative reaches from North America to Europe, to China and the Ottoman Empire. Caricature's specific visual cultures are also laid bare, its iconographic means and material support, as well as the diverse milieu of its making”the military, the art academy, diplomacy, politics, art criticism, and popular entertainment. Some of its greatest practitioners”James Gillray and Honoré Daumier”are seen in a new light, alongside some of their far flung and opportunistic pastichers. Most trenchantly, assumptions about the consequences of caricature's rise come under intense scrutiny, interrogated for its cherished and long-vaunted civilizational claims on individual character, artistic supremacy, political liberty, and global domination.

Blackwell Publishing
Searing disputes over caricature have recently sparked flames across the worldùthe culmination, not the beginning, of the story of one of modernity's definitive artistic practices. Modern visual satire erupts during a period marked by reform and revolution, by cohering nationalisms and expanding empires, and by the emerging discipline of art history. This has long been recognized as its Golden Age. It is time to look anew.

In The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1759-1838, an international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational team of scholars reconfigures the geography of modern visual satire, as the expansive narrative reaches from North America to Europe, to China and the Ottoman Empire. Caricature's specific visual cultures are also laid bare, its iconographic means and material support, as well as the diverse milieu of its makingùthe military, the art academy, diplomacy, politics, art criticism, and popular entertainment. Some of its greatest practitionersùJames Gillray and Honore Daumierùare seen in a new light, alongside some of their far flung and opportunistic pastichers. Most trenchantly, assumptions about the consequences of caricature's rise come under intense scrutiny, interrogated for its cherished and long-vaunted civilizational claims on individual character, artistic supremacy, political liberty, and global domination.

Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ;, Burlington, VT :, Ashgate,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780754665915
0754665917
Characteristics: xvi, 224 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Porterfield, Todd B. (Todd Burke), 1960-

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