This book portrays drawing as an instrument of knowledge: an absolute experience, not merely an intermediate phase in the production of a painting. Anna Ottani Cavina leads us to modernity, which through the rarefaction of the image, silence, and emptiness attained heights of emotional and intellectual intensity that drawing was able to capture with extraordinary immediacy.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1. Antiquity as Future: The Past as a Model for Aesthetic Renewal
2. Living in the "Ancient Style": European Residences and the Italian Model
3. Landscapes of Reason: The Quest for Basic Geometric Forms in Landscape Painting from David to Corot
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With both a delicate touch and profound erudition, these three essays rejuvenate traditional readings of Neoclassicism. By concentrating on unfamiliar examples and unexpected themes--whether the décor of a palatial bathroom, the new subjectivity of experiencing antiquity as both past and future, or the ways in which the architecture of Italy was recreated by foreign artists--Cavina opens one vista after another, with tonic results that subtly alter our vision of late eighteenth-century art.
Robert Rosenblum, Professor of Fine Arts, New York University