Nationalism and Classicism: The Classical Body As National Symbol in Nineteenth-Century England and France

Nationalism and Classicism: The Classical Body As National Symbol in Nineteenth-Century England and France

Athena S. Leoussi

Language: English

Pages: 260

ISBN: 0312177763

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is a comparative study of the national significance of the classical revival which marked English and French art during the second half of the 19th century. It argues that the main focus of artists' interest in classical Greece, was the body of the Greek athlete. It explains this interest, first, by artists' contact with the art of Pheidias and Polycletus which portrayed it; and second, by the claim, made by physical anthropologists, that the classical body typified the race of the European nations.

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