Louise Stolberg's Florentine Salon and Germaine De Stael's Coppet Circle: The Politics of Patronage, Neoclassicism and the Code of Freedom in Napoleon

Louise Stolberg's Florentine Salon and Germaine De Stael's Coppet Circle: The Politics of Patronage, Neoclassicism and the Code of Freedom in Napoleon

By: Sharon J. Worley (author)Hardback

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Worley's book brings a new perspective on the intellectual debates in the development of nationalistic movements leading up to the Risorgimento in Italy. Her study reveals how the efforts of key feminine ideologists established the roots of Italian reunification through artistic patronage. The salons of these important women enabled daring artists to walk that fine line between creativity and treason as they politicized their art. In the search for nationalist symbols, members of Louise Stolberg's Florentine salon looked back to national histories and literature. The histories of the Italian Renaissance and Ancient Rome were emphasized as they contained the nascent germs of republicanism and democracy. The politicization of art and literature was thus implicit in the worship of the cult of liberty and freedom. Romantic impulses toward creativity and freedom were also translated into national egalitarian impulses toward unity and democracy. Stolberg directly patronized Italy's greatest authors and artists of the Napoleonic Wars who espoused a revolutionary rhetoric including, Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo, Francois-Xavier Fabre and Antonio Canova.

About Author

Dr. Sharon Worley received her Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is an adjunct professor who teaches at area colleges in Houston, Texas including the University of Houston, the University of Phoenix and Houston Community College. She is the author of numerous publications on art history, literature and culture.

Contents

Abstract/Illustrations; Foreword by Nancy Isenberg; Preface/Introduction; Chapter 1; Louise Stolberg's Salon: Writing the Code of Freedom in Florence; Civil War and the Landscape of Nationalism; The Literary Salon and the Revolution; The Aesthetic Fabric of Nationalism; Chapter 2; The Theatre of Revolution in Alfieri's Casa Gianfigliazzi; The Pazzi Conspiracy and Don Garcia; Alfieri's Two Brutuses; Chapter 3; Hail Solitary Ruins: The Code of Liberty; Constantin Volney's Ruins; Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition; Chapter 4; Stolberg and Foscolo: The Conspiracy of the Three Graces; Antonio Canova's Commissions; Stolberg's Wartime Correspondence; The Three Queens of Italy: Elise, Pauline and Caroline; And Much More.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773442450
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 382
  • ID: 9780773442450
  • ISBN10: 0773442456

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