The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850 by Anthony D. Smith

The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850

byAnthony D. Smith

Hardcover | March 15, 2013

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What role did visual artists play in the emergence and spread of nationalism and a sense of national identity? Focusing on late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Britain and France, this original study in the historical sociology of nations and nationalism analyses the contributions ofartists in these and other West European countries to the creation of memorable images of the abstract concept of the nation. By employing different modes of depiction for conveying moral lessons, evoking the atmosphere of the homeland, and commemorating the fallen in battle, David, Ingres, Turner, Constable, and Friedrich, as well as a host of lesser artists, were able to make the national idea appear palpable andaccessible, and the abstract concept of the nation seem "authentic" and "real".After a brief description of the main themes of the visual record of Dutch nation-building in the seventeenth century, Anthony D. Smith presents an original comparative analysis of the rise of "national art" in eighteenth-century Britain and France. Subsequent chapters address the emblems andoath-swearing ceremonies of the citizen nation, the evocation of native poetic landscapes, the exempla virtutis of national heroes, ancient and modern, and the funerary memorials of martyrs and soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the nation in Britain and France. The conclusion highlights the common elements and the main differences in the French and British trajectories of artistic and national development. Illustrated with striking images, The Nation Made Real offers a new interpretation of the role of visual culture in the formation of nations andnational identity among the educated classes in Western Europe.

About The Author

Anthony D. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics, President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), and Chief Editor of its journal, Nations and Nationalism. He is the originator of an ethno-symbolic approach to nations and nationalism, and the founder ...

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Title:The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:March 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199662975

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Nation and Interpretation1. National Imagery before 16002. Visual Components of a Nation3. Celebrating the Nation4. Evoking the Homeland5. Rediscovering the Past6. Commemorating the FallenConclusion: Patterns of National Imagery