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The Judgment of Paris by Ross King
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Apr 25, 09

Read in January, 2009

I teach American art history, but I don't know nearly enough about European art. This fascinating book explains the beginnings of Impressionism in Second Empire Paris, with plenty of historical context about not only the artists and their mistresses (all had one or more, of course) but also about the politicians, scientists and quirky characters of what was then the virtual capital of the world. The title is a double entendre, referring to the "Salons" at which new paintings were exhibited and judged, and to a painting of the incident in the Iliad which started the Trojan War.
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