This essay explores an impulse to visualize history in eighteenth-century France. It focuses on massive compilations of printed images that assembled overviews of history as represented by artifacts, portraits, and events and compares that documentary mode of visualizing the past to imaginary reconstructions of historical events in illusionistic scenes as depicted in the radically different formats of book illustration and monumental history painting.
Visualizing History in Eighteenth-Century France
Susan L. Siegfried is Denise Riley Collegiate Professor of the History of Art and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is completing a book on visual representations of fashion and costume in nineteenth-century Europe.
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Susan L. Siegfried; Visualizing History in Eighteenth-Century France. Representations 1 February 2019; 145 (1): 80–106. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2019.145.1.80
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