Inventing the Art Collection Patrons, Markets, and Administration in Nineteenth-Century Spain
- List Price: $108.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 08/01/2001
The pace and scale of the exchange of cultural goods of all sorts -- paintings, furniture, even ladies' fans -- increased sharply in nineteenth-century Spain, and new institutions and practices for exhibiting as well as valorizing "art" were soon formed. Oscar Vazquez maps this cultural landscape, tracing the connections between the growth of art markets and changing patterns of collecting. Unlike many earlier students of collecting, he focuses not upon questions of taste but rather upon the discursive and institutional frameworks that came to regulate art's economic and symbolic worth at all levels of Spanish society.
Drawing upon sources that range from newspaper reviews to notarial documents, Vazquez shows how collecting acquired the power to mediate debates over individual, regional, and national identity. His book also looks at the emergence of a new state apparatus for arts administration and situates these social and political changes in the broader European context. Inventing the Art Collection will be of interest to historians and sociologists of Spain and Europe, as well as art historians and cultural theorists.
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Grey cloth/boards with black lettering. Yellow/red striped dj with bw illus.
Grey cloth/boards with black lettering. Yellow/red striped dj with bw illus. 295 pp. with 41 bw figures. "The pace and scale of the exchange of cultural goods of all sorts-paintings, furniture, even ladies' fans, increased sharply in 19th-century Spain, and new institttions and practices for exhibitin as well as valorizing "art" were soon formed. Oscar Vazques maps this cultural landscape tracing the connections between the growth of art markets and changeing patterns of eollecting. Unlike many earlier students of collecting he focuses not upon questions of taste but rather upon the discursive and institutional frameworks that came to regulate the economic and symbolic worth of art at all levels of Spanishh society."-from the dj flap. Includes lists of illustrations and abbreviations, an introductory essay, six chapters, and appendices. Mapping the Madrid Art Market; The Search for Audiences; Arts Administration and the State Collections; "Her Majesty's Patrimony"; Collections and Genealogies' and "Speculators with Bad Intentions."