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The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900
The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 (Hardback)
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The Cult of Beauty focuses on a period at the end of the nineteenth century when a group of artists, architects and designers found themselves linked by the search for a new Beauty. The Aesthetic Movement, as it came to be known, united romantic bohemians such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, along with maverick figures such as James McNeill Whistler. The Cult of Beauty brings together the finest pictures, furniture and decorative arts of this extraordinary era, setting them in the context of this glittering cast of characters. This beautiful book also reveals how artists' houses and their extravagant lifestyles became the object of public fascination. The influence of the 'Palaces of Art' created by Rossetti and Morris, Lord Leighton and others led to a widespread revolution in architecture and interior decoration, while Oscar Wilde made his name promoting the idea of 'The House Beautiful'.

Art, Fashion & Photography >> Art monographs, history & theory >> History of art / art & design styles >> History of art: c 1800 to c 1900 Publisher: V & A Publishing Publication Date: 21/03/2011 ISBN-13: 9781851776283  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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I visited the exhibition which produced this book back in 2011, and though the idea of getting the accompanying book was very tempting, I didn't fancy having to carry it back home on public transport. Wonderful, then, to find that it is still available and that I can have it delivered right to my door. This is a large book with many big, beautiful images, not just of paintings but of objects which encapsulate the Aesthetic movement. Background information about the key figures and trends makes it an informative and inspiring read.

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