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The Nation Made Real Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850

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ISBN13:

9780199662975

ISBN10:
0199662975
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
2/8/2013
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

What role did visual artists play in the emergence and spread of nationalism and a sense of national identity? Focusing on late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Britain and France, this original study in the historical sociology of nations and nationalism analyses the contributions of artists in these and other West European countries to the creation of memorable images of the abstract concept of the nation. By employing different modes of depiction for conveying moral lessons, evoking the atmosphere of the homeland, and commemorating the fallen in battle, David, Ingres, Turner, Constable, and Friedrich, as well as a host of lesser artists, were able to make the national idea appear palpable and accessible, and the abstract concept of the nation seem 'authentic' and 'real'.

After a brief description of the main themes of the visual record of Dutch nation-building in the seventeenth century, Anthony D. Smith presents an original comparative analysis of the rise of 'national art' in eighteenth-century Britain and France. Subsequent chapters address the emblems and oath-swearing ceremonies of the citizen nation, the evocation of native poetic landscapes, the exempla virtutis of national heroes, ancient and modern, and the funerary memorials of martyrs and soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the nation in Britain and France. The conclusion highlights the common elements and the main differences in the French and British trajectories of artistic and national development. Illustrated with striking images, The Nation Made Real offers a new interpretation of the role of visual culture in the formation of nations and national identity among the educated classes in Western Europe.

Author Biography


Anthony D. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics, President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicty and Nationalism (ASEN), and Chief Editor of its journal, ations and Nationalism. He is the originator of an ethno-symbolic approach to nations an nationalism, and the founder of the academic study of nationalism in Britain. His publications include eighten single-authored books, translated into twenty-two languages; three edited books; and over one hundred journal articles and chapters in edited books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nation and Interpretation
National Imagery before 1600
Visual Components of a Nation
Celebrating the Nation
Evoking the Homeland
Rediscovering the Past
Commemorating the Fallen
Conclusion: Patterns of National Imagery
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