Offering an examination of the paragone, meaning artistic rivalry, in nineteenth-century France and England, this book considers how artists were impacted by prevailing aesthetic theories, or institutional and cultural paradigms, to compete in the art world. The paragone has been considered primarily in the context of Renaissance art history, but in this book readers will see how the legacy of this humanistic competitive model survived into the late nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Paragone; Chapter 2: The Archetype of Beauty: Narcissus and the Birth of the beau idéal; Chapter 3: Pygmalion and Galatea: The Battle between Iconophobes and Iconodules; Chapter 4: Salomé versus Medusa; Conclusion
Sarah J. Lippert is Associate Professor of Art History and at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Paragone: Past and Present.