March 28, 2017

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A complete, authoritative account of the advance Greek artwork in the course of the 1st millennium BC.
• a useful source for students facing the paintings, fabric tradition and background of the post-classical world
• contains voices from such assorted fields as artwork background, classical stories, and archaeology and gives a variety of perspectives to the topic
• positive factors an leading edge crew of chapters facing the reception of Greek paintings from the center a long time to the present
• contains chapters on Chronology and Topography, in addition to Workshops and Technology
• contains 4 significant sections: varieties, occasions and locations; Contacts and Colonies; photographs and Meanings; Greek paintings: historical to vintage

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Its director, Vivant Denon, transformed it, to the greater glory of France, into a compendium of the best art from each country from any period. Who could dare to introduce in such a revered place the works of those who had not died yet and had not passed the judgement of history? This was forbidden by order of Girondist Roland, the Interior Minister. 7 This rebuff of contemporary work at the Louvre was only partially obviated when some works dealing with Bonaparte and his battles were accepted there, including the leader of the Directory, François de Neufchâteau, considered the Louvre, more than anything else, a patriotic emblem.

2). Fig. 2 Visit of King Louis Philippe to the Musée des Artistes Vivants in 1838 (drawing based on a painting by A. Roux). © Francisco-Javier Hernández Caudal. Perhaps for this reason and to flaunt the leading taste in art of their time just like the great patrons of the past, the Luxembourg worked as a showcase for the modernity of the respective monarch of the moment. Instead of being a mere reflection of the very conservative acquisitions policy carried out with public funds, the personal commitment of the monarchs and of their advisors served at times to complement it and to correct it: the forerunners of modern art were often rejected but not completely ignored.

All in all, no matter how sizeable the political returns obtained from the patronage of modern art were, it is plain that they could never be compared to the foundation of a new museum. Yet, once it had been created, at the top of the political agenda there was already the opening of another museum. Our present rulers are not the first to realize that the inauguration of a museum grants more publicity than maintaining an already existing one; similarly French monarchs of the nineteenth century paid personal attention to the creation of new museums, which was a form of erecting museum-monuments to their own posterity.

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