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Victorian Revivalism: Neoclassicism vs Gothic Revival

Victorian Revivalism: Neoclassicism vs Gothic Revival

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Published by: Minh Tu Nguyen on Nov 09, 2010
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Week 1Victorian Revivalism:Neoclassicism vsGothic Revival
The History of Interior Design 2INT262
 
Victorian Revivalism - Contextc.1837 - 1901
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Queen Victoria reigns 1837-1901
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Period of industrialisation and commercial expansion
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Empire generates further wealth: materials are imported fromcolonies; goods are exported to them
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Population growth in Britain: from 18.5m in 1841 to 37m in 1901(over 6m in London)
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Transportation (roads, canals and, more revolutionary, railways)
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All this creates unprecedented wealth for industrial andmerchant classes (taking power away from church, state &aristocracy = new tastes)
 
Victorian Revivalismc.1837 - 1901
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Why Stylistic Variety? (Revivalism)
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Revised view of history: each civilisation should be judged on itsown merits by its own criteria
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Challenging the notion of Classical authority (or any authority?)
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The aesthetic of the Picturesque and Sublime (moving awayfrom classically
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correct
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rules of beauty to the appreciation ofirregularity and the unexpected)
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Variety of styles itself a source of delight
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Styles follow each other and change quicker than ever before

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