"The First Modern Museums of Art - The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early - 19th Century Europe" by . Paul

The First Modern Museums of Art - The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early - 19th Century Europe . Paul

Series:
Getty Publications - (Yale)
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
18 Oct 2012
ISBN:
9781606061206
Imprint:
Getty Publications
Dimensions:
368 pages: 261 x 186 x 30mm
Illustrations:
65 black & white illustrations

It is a comelling account of the origins of the world's most important museums. In the 18th and early 19th centuries the first modern, public museums of art appeared throughout Europe, setting a standard for the nature of such institutions that has made its influence felt to the present day. Although the emergence of these museums was an international development, their shared history has not been systematically explored until now. Taking up that project, this volume includes chapters on fifteen of the earliest major examples, from the Capitoline Museum in Rome, opened in 1734, to the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, opened in 1836. These essays consider a number of issues, such as the nature, display, and growth of the museums' collections and the role of the institutions in educating the public.

Carole Paul is a scholar of 17th and 18th century art in Italy.