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The Nightmare

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Description: The Nightmare
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Description: Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780–1836
THE OPENING OF THE NEW ROYAL ACADEMY at Somerset House in 1780 can be seen as a moment of triumph for officially ordained high culture in Britain. With its exuberant and sophisticated use of the classical orders, the building itself constituted an exultant proclamation of the Academy’s privileged relationship with the elevated cultural traditions of ancient Greece and Rome,...
PublisherPaul Mellon Centre
Related print edition pages: pp.77-91
Description: Act of Portrayal: Eakins, Sargent, James
~The Agnew Clinic (fig. 1) today hangs high on a wall in the foyer of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. The painting cannot be taken in all at once; approximately six feet high by eleven feet long, it is exceptionally large. What first attracts the eye is the white-clad figure standing in isolation in the foreground, left...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.27-82

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