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The Persistence of Medievalism: Kenneth Clark and the Gothic Revival

Lepine, Ayla (2014) 'The Persistence of Medievalism: Kenneth Clark and the Gothic Revival.' Architectural History, 57. 323 - 356. ISSN 0066-622X

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Abstract

<jats:p>From his emergence on the cultural scene in the 1920s until his death in 1983, Kenneth Clark was one of the most influential figures in the history of British art and design, and his legacy remains strong. Clark’s life and work were entirely dedicated to communicating about art and transforming public understanding regarding its production and enjoyment. His first book, <jats:italic>The Gothic Revival: An Essay in the History of Taste</jats:italic>, investigated, condemned and elevated the status of Georgian and Victorian England’s enthusiasm for the Middle Ages. Written in the mid-1920s, it was published with Constable in 1928 when he was only twenty-five years old. By investigating the circumstances under which the book came to fruition and its importance in relation to Clark’s persistent interest in the Victorians — and John Ruskin in particular — a richer understanding of Clark’s ideas and beliefs can take shape.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 10:46
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 01:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11740

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