This book is the only full-length study of John Talman (1677-1726), the first director of the Society of Antiquaries of London and one of the most influential collectors of drawings in early-eighteenth-century Britain. Prominent scholars discuss the history of Talman's acquisitions, shedding light on the competitive nature, social practices, and aesthetic ideas of connoisseurship both in England and abroad. Talman's collection, ammassed in England, Florence, and Rome between the 1690s and 1719, focused on Italian medieval art, architecture, and textiles as well as Renaissance and Baroque architecture and sculpture. It reflected the tastes and preoccupations of artistic and intellectual elites in pre-Enlightenment Europe. A vehicle for disseminating aesthetic and historical ideas, the collection became not only an extraordinary document of the state of ancient and modern Italian monuments but also a history of architecture and sculpture at large that provided visual evidence of buildings and rituals lost through time.

John Talman: An Early-Eighteenth-Century Connoisseur

SICCA, CINZIA MARIA
2008

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This book is the only full-length study of John Talman (1677-1726), the first director of the Society of Antiquaries of London and one of the most influential collectors of drawings in early-eighteenth-century Britain. Prominent scholars discuss the history of Talman's acquisitions, shedding light on the competitive nature, social practices, and aesthetic ideas of connoisseurship both in England and abroad. Talman's collection, ammassed in England, Florence, and Rome between the 1690s and 1719, focused on Italian medieval art, architecture, and textiles as well as Renaissance and Baroque architecture and sculpture. It reflected the tastes and preoccupations of artistic and intellectual elites in pre-Enlightenment Europe. A vehicle for disseminating aesthetic and historical ideas, the collection became not only an extraordinary document of the state of ancient and modern Italian monuments but also a history of architecture and sculpture at large that provided visual evidence of buildings and rituals lost through time.
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