n De Arte - The life and work of Charles Michell, Gordon Richings : book reviews




In the nineteenth century, 'art' was not a contested term for educated Europeans. Meaning 'fine art' (painting, sculpture and architecture), art was distinguished from the applied or decorative arts, and from popular culture imagery found in papers such as the. Painting and sculpture were taken very seriously in Georgian and Victorian Britain as evidence of the moral purpose and vision of Western 'civilisation', another term lacking ambiguity for Victorians.


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