The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution The English Invention For the artist of the modern period, the most essential problem was how to depict the modern: as a new style, as new content, as a new attitude?  Each generation would find its own answer, only to have the next...

The Rise and Fall of Napoléon

Napoléon and the Birth of Modern France Napoléonic Art The small island of Corsica lies just below the Mediterranean coast of France but it was long under the sway of the Italian region. After the war with Genoa, the Treaty of Versailles of 1768 ceded  the island of...

The Enlightenment and Artistic Styles

ART AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT Rococo and Revolution From the early eighteenth century on, the visual arts, from painting to interior décor, were markers of class and harbingers of the Revolution to come. A late expression of the pompous and grandiose Baroque, the soft...

Revolution and Terror in France

UNREASON AND ENLIGHTENMENT The  Revolution and Terror  in France When the American Revolutionary War was waged, the conflict was unpopular both in England and America. Only one third of the colonists supported and participated in the War. And yet the Revolution was...

The Enlightenment and Reason

THE ENLIGHTENMENT AGE OF REASON, PART TWO The Enlightenment is also referred to as The Age of Reason, a time period that stems from the awakening of European interest in science in the seventeenth century and ends with the unreason of the French Revolution at the end...

What is “Modern?”

DEFINING MODERN “Modern” is essentially a Western concept, based upon cultural forces specific to European countries and transplanted to their colonies. A small and compact continent, Europe was a site of circulation for new ideas and new ways of living in the world....
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