Nationalism and Classicism

Author(s): 
Leoussi, Athena S.
ISBN: 
0333691490
Date published: 
July 1998
Hardback
Price: 
£40.00
Pages: 
288

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 nineteenth 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.