Sheltering Art: Collecting and Social Identity in Early Eighteenth-Century Paris

Hardcover | August 16, 2012

byRochelle Ziskin

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The turn of the eighteenth century was a period of transition in France, a time when new but contested concepts of modernity emerged in virtually every cultural realm. The rigidity of the state’s consolidation of the arts in the late seventeenth century yielded to a more vibrant and diverse cultural life, and Paris became, once again, the social and artistic capital of the wealthiest nation in Europe. In Sheltering Art, Rochelle Ziskin explores private art collecting, a primary facet of that newly decentralized artistic realm and one increasingly embraced by an expanding social elite as the century wore on. During the key period when Paris reclaimed its role as the nexus of cultural and social life, two rival circles of art collectors—with dissonant goals and disparate conceptions of modernity—competed for preeminence. Sheltering Art focuses on these collectors, their motivations for collecting art, and the natures of their collections. An ambitious study, it employs extensive archival research in its examination of the ideologies associated with different strategies of collecting in eighteenth-century Paris and how art collecting was inextricably linked to the shaping of social identities.

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The turn of the eighteenth century was a period of transition in France, a time when new but contested concepts of modernity emerged in virtually every cultural realm. The rigidity of the state’s consolidation of the arts in the late seventeenth century yielded to a more vibrant and diverse cultural life, and Paris became, once again, ...

Rochelle Ziskin is Professor of Art History at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.98 inPublished:August 16, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271037857

ISBN - 13:9780271037851

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

1 Cultural Geography of the French Capital Circa 1700

2 Cloistered in the Faubourg Saint-Germain

3 The Maison Crozat Transformed

4 A Circle of “Moderns”

5 The Regent and Collecting on the Right Bank

6 Les Anciens and an Expanding Public Realm in the Arts

7 The Circles Converge: Carignan and Jullienne

Conclusion

Note on the Appendixes

Appendixes

1 Maison Crozat, rue de Richelieu, in 1740

2 Hôtel de Verrue, rue du Cherche-Midi, end of 1736

3 Collections of Lériget de La Faye, Glucq de Saint-Port, and Lassay

4 Collections of Nocé and Fonspertuis

5 Hôtel de Morville, rue Plâtrière, in 1732

6 Selections from the Collection of Carignan

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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“Rochelle Ziskin’s Sheltering Art: Collecting and Social Identity in Early Eighteenth-Century France is a tour de force of scholarship, exhaustively researched and lucidly presented. Not surprising for this scholar, she has written an admirable book comprising larger historical narratives and theoretical frameworks, but full of fascinating details, drilling down through the layers of family histories, amorous entanglements, webs of friendship, and political alliances. . . . Impressive in its scope and depth, Ziskin’s book is a must-read.”—JoLynn Edwards, H-France