Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Cult Of Beauty

The Cult Of Beauty
The Cult Of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 was published to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2011, a comprehensive survey of the Victorian Aesthetic Movement. The Cult Of Beauty was "the first exhibition ever to bring together many of the greatest Aesthetic pictures as well as the finest furniture, decorative arts and fashion of this extraordinary movement".

The catalogue, edited by Stephen Calloway and Lynn Federic Orr, features essays on an extremely wide variety of Aesthetic arts: literature, photography, ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, sculpture, and bookbinding. It also includes introductory essays by both editors, and biographies of Aesthetic designers and writers. (Strangely, the dust jacket and spine have the original subtitle, but the title page has the American subtitle, The Victorian Avant-Garde.)

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