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Anthony Vidler describes a cult-like fascination with monuments prevalent during the mid 18th century and gives works by Piranesi...

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March 4, 1987 | Video Lecturer:

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Anthony Vidler describes a cult-like fascination with monuments prevalent during the mid 18th century and gives works by Piranesi and Canaletto as examples of a preoccupation with ancient ruins. By the late 18th century interest shifts to the size of the ruins and buildings like the Column House by Fran?ois Racine de Monville appear. The 19th century witnessed the rise and fall of the monumental sublime as exemplified in renderings of Stonehenge by Turner. To save them from vandalism during the French Revolution, many of the country’s
antiquities were placed under the care of the artist Renoir who created elaborate settings for them in new museums.