This volume takes the reader from the ancien regime - where the artist was the servant of court-based patronage - via the catalysts of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution to a new world where the artists like Beethoven, Byron and Turner were increasingly autonomous, finding their own inspirations and creating new and wider audiences. Science and scepticism were broadening the horizons of this world; the discovery of Nature provided new subjects and new ways of understanding it; the Romantics gave it a new range of sensibility; and a middle class readership, in which women were ever more important, gave the novel an ascendant place in it. European artists were conquering new worlds geographically too, eastward across Russia and westward across America.
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"well-informed, sensible and cosmopolitan...invaluable 'background book' for the serious student, but, more than this, it is a good read" "British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies"
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