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A Museum of One's Own: Private Collecting, Public Gift
When French revolutionaries sacked royal holdings at the end of the 18th century, they began the largest transfer of artistic goods in world history. By 1850 many "repossessed" treasures had come to rest in a new institution, the public museum, where they were assigned educational tasks. Anne Higonnet's book begins at this turning point in the history of art, but it looks ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 31st 2010 by Periscope
(first published June 30th 2009)
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Higonnet explores the unique museum genre: the collection museum. She argues that collection museums, which were founded in American between 1890 -1940 by incomparably wealthy Americans, are personal reflections of the collector/founder. Unlike the "tomb"-like atmosphere of survey fine art museums, collection museums are invigorated by the personal energy of the collector. Collection museums refer simultaneously tot the activity of collection, as well as to the amassed objects which make up the ...more