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On Historical Distance$
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Mark Salber Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001

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“Atopic that History Will Proudly Record”; or, What is the “History” in History Painting?

“Atopic that History Will Proudly Record”; or, What is the “History” in History Painting?

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(p.155) 8 “Atopic that History Will Proudly Record”; or, What is the “History” in History Painting?
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On Historical Distance
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Mark Salber Phillips

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300140378.003.0009

This chapter examines the changing understanding of history of as a genre of painting. It explains that neoclassical and baroque artists considered history as being identified by formal complexity and moral elevation rather than by their depiction of historical events as such. It discusses a silent refashioning that took place in the later part of the 1800s which challenged painters to find new ways to maintain the moral and stylistic elevation of the genre while adapting their visual narratives to a range of subjects that required painters to depict the social and sentimental life of the nation.

Keywords:   painting, moral elevation, painters, stylistic elevation, visual narratives

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