Modern Art and the Idea of the Mediterranean

Modern Art and the Idea of the Mediterranean

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Drawing on recent geographical, historical, cultural and anthropological studies, contributors address the visual representation of identity in both the European and the ?Oriental,? the colonial and post-colonial Mediterranean.


Drawing on recent geographical, historical, cultural and anthropological studies, contributors address the visual representation of identity in both the European and the ?Oriental,? the colonial and post-colonial Mediterranean.


The Mediterranean is an invented cultural space, on the frontier between North and South, West and East. Modern Art and the Idea of the Mediterranean examines the representation of this region in the visual arts since the late eighteenth century, placing the 'idea of the Mediterranean' - a cultural construct rather than a physical reality - at the centre of our understanding of modern visual culture.

This collection of essays features an international group of scholars who examine competing visions of the Mediterranean in terms of modernity and cultural identity, questioning and illuminating both European and non-European representations. An introductory essay frames the analysis in terms of a new spatial paradigm of the Mediterranean as a geographic, historical, and cultural region that emerged in the late eighteenth century, as France and Britain colonized the surrounding territories. Essays are grouped around three vital themes: visualization of the space of the new Mediterranean; varied uses of the classical paradigm; and issues of identity and resistance in an age of modernity and colonialism. Drawing on recent geographical, historical, cultural and anthropological studies, contributors address the visual representation of identity in both the European and the 'Oriental,' the colonial and post-colonial Mediterranean.


The Mediterranean is an invented cultural space, on the frontier between North and South, West and East.Modern Art and the Idea of the Mediterranean examines the representation of this region in the visual arts since the late eighteenth century, placing the ?idea of the Mediterranean? ? a cultural construct rather than a physical reality ? at the centre of our understanding of modern visual culture.

This collection of essays features an international group of scholars who examine competing visions of the Mediterranean in terms of modernity and cultural identity, questioning and illuminating both European and non-European representations. An introductory essay frames the analysis in terms of a new spatial paradigm of the Mediterranean as a geographic, historical, and cultural region that emerged in the late eighteenth century, as France and Britain colonized the surrounding territories. Essays are grouped around three vital themes: visualization of the space of the new Mediterranean; varied uses of the classical paradigm; and issues of identity and resistance in an age of modernity and colonialism. Drawing on recent geographical, historical, cultural and anthropological studies, contributors address the visual representation of identity in both the European and the ?Oriental,? the colonial and post-colonial Mediterranean.



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In the fall of 2002, the Art Gallery of Ontario presented the exhibition 'Voyage into Myth: French Painting from Gauguin to Matisse from the Hermitage Museum, Russia.' The exhibition examined French Post-Impressionist and early modern responses to the concept of a mythological Golden Age located in an ancient past, and especially focused on these artists' marriage of the idea of the Golden Age with their personal experience of the South of France and the Mediterranean. A December 2002 symposium based on the exhibit, 'Modern Art and the Mediterranean: Spaces, Bodies and Identities,' investigated competing classicizing, Orientalizing, and resistant indigenous versions of the Mediterranean in the modern period. Ten papers from the symposium are presented here. Contributors from Canada, the US, and the UK examine the representations of the region in the visual arts since the late 18th century. Essays are grouped around three themes: visualization of the space of the new Mediterranean, varied uses of the classical paradigm, and issues of identity and resistance in an age of modernity and colonialism. There is a 72-page section of b&w photos of various works of art, including photography, painting, and sculpture. Jirat-Wasiutynski was a professor of art history at Queen's University. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2007
ISBN: 9781442684584
1442684585
0802091709
9780802091703
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 254 pages, [72] pages of plates) : illustrations, maps, portraits

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