J. M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist by Sam SmilesJ. M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist by Sam Smiles

J. M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist

bySam Smiles

Hardcover | December 1, 2007

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Alone of his contemporaries, J.M.W. Turner is commonly held to have prefigured modern painting, as signalled in the existence of The Turner Prize for contemporary art. Our celebration of his achievement is very different to what Victorian critics made of his art. This book shows how Turner was reinvented to become the artist we recognise today.

On Turner's death in 1851 he was already known as an adventurous, even baffling, painter. But when the Court of Chancery decreed that the contents of his studio should be given to the nation, another side of his art was revealed that effected a wholescale change in his reputation. This book acts as a guide to the reactions of art writers and curators from the 1850s to the 1960s as they attempted to come to terms with his work. It documents how Turner was interpreted and how his work was displayed in Britain, in Europe and in North America, concentrating on the ways in which his artistic identity was manipulated by art writers, by curators at the Tate and by designers of exhibitions for the British Council and other bodies.

Sam Smiles is Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth.
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Title:J. M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern ArtistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.61 × 7.01 × 1.1 inPublished:December 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719077087

ISBN - 13:9780719077081

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Note on Coinage and Monies of Account * Abbreviations * Maps * (a) The Burgundian Dominions, c. 1477 * (b) Towns and cities * Introduction. * Court and Civic Society * The Burgundian Lands * Urban Society * City and State * Service at Court: Nobles and Townsmen * Ceremony and Ritual * "Urban" and "Courtly" Ceremonies * Ritual and Power * Symbolic Communication and Ritual Performance * Chapter 1: Burgundian Spectacles. * The Feast of the Pheasant at Lille (17 February, 1454) * Introduction Text * The Marriage Feast of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York in Bruges (3-14 July, 1468). * Introduction * Text * Chapter 2: The Court * Introduction * Perceptions of the Court: Pero Tafur * A Description of the Household of Charles the Bold: Olivier de la Marche's Ordonnance (1474). * Etiquette at Court: Eleanor of Poitiers * A Household Ordonnance for Charles, Prince of Spain (1515) * The Court as Marriage Broker * Jacques du Clerc on Court Weddings * George Chastelain on Court Weddings * (c) The Marriage of Jehan Gros and Guye de Messey (February, 1472) * Jean Coustain: Peasant's Son, Courtier, Poisoner (1462) * Chapter 3: The Order of the Golden Fleece * Introduction. * The Founding of the Order * The Statutes of the Order * Organization of a Chapter (c. 1500) * The Mons Chapter (1451) * (a) A Town Council Prepares * (b) A Church Prepares * (c) The Business of the Chapter * (d) After the Chapter * Chapter 4: Entry Ceremonies * Introduction * Preparing for the Prince (Ghent, 1458) * Welcoming the Prince (Ghent, 1458) * An Entry Ceremony Goes Awry (Ghent, 1467) * Paying for an Entry Ceremony (Bruges, 1515) * Civic Society and the Court: Jousts, Shooting Fraternities, and Chambers of Rhetoric. * Introduction * Crossbow and Archery Guilds * a) Constitution (Béthune, 1413) * b) Competition (Tournai, 1455) * Jousts * The White Bear in Bruges 1457: * (i) Expenses of Charles, Count of Charolais * (ii) Expenses of the Town * b) The Joust of the Épinette at Lille 1486 * Chambers of Rhetoric * a) Competition (Antwerp, 1496) * b) Le Puy Notre Dame (Lille, 1479) * c) Organization (Antwerp, 1522) * Civic Religion and the Court * Introduction * The Brussels Ommegang * a) The Brussels Ommegang: the Civic Ordinance of 1448 * b) The Brussels Ommegang and The Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary 1448 * Scheut: The Miraculous Image of the Virgin Mary 1450-1457 * The Procession of Our Lady at Tournai, 1461 * The Procession of Our Lady at Lille, 1463 * Valenciennes: Fraternity of St. Barbara, 1459 * Ghent: Windows in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, 1462 * Maximilian in Bruges 1488: Oaths and General Processions * Ducal Offerings and Alms, 1468 * Select Bibliography

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"This book offers an important contribution to Turner scholarship. A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging book to read." --Professor David Hill, University of Leeds