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School of genius : a history of the Royal Academy of Arts

Author: James Fenton
Publisher: [London] : Royal Academy of Arts ; New York : Distributed in the United States and Canada by Harry N. Abrams, ©2006.
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"Since its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy has been the theatre on whose broad stage the triumphs, tragedies, sensations and scandals of the British art world have been enacted. This book is a meticulously researched and highly illustrated portrait of those who have played a part in the institution's development from its inception to the present day." "Through interviews with Senior Academicians and unlimited  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Fenton, James, 1949-
School of genius.
[London] : Royal Academy of Arts ; New York : Distributed in the United States and Canada by Harry N. Abrams, c2006
(OCoLC)607672738
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Fenton
ISBN: 1903973201 9781903973202
OCLC Number: 53962031
Description: 319 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: What academies did and were --
England before the Royal Academy --
Meet the artists --
The founding of the Academy --
"This man was hired to depress art": Reynolds versus Blake --
Somerset house: Reynolds versus Chambers --
Meet the models: an anthology --
The Academy of Benjamin West --
The romantic Academy: Constable, Turner, Haydon, Lawrence --
Trafalgar square to piccadilly --
Ruskin as arbiter of taste --
The high victorians at home --
From Millais to Munnings --
Giants who didn't come off: Kelly, Richardon, Wheeler --
"Why do you desire so much to be in the Academy?"
Responsibility: James Fenton.
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"Since its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy has been the theatre on whose broad stage the triumphs, tragedies, sensations and scandals of the British art world have been enacted. This book is a meticulously researched and highly illustrated portrait of those who have played a part in the institution's development from its inception to the present day." "Through interviews with Senior Academicians and unlimited access to the unexplored secrets of the Royal Academy's library and archive, James Fenton examines the many sides of this unique organisation with erudition and candour."--BOOK JACKET.

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