618033 VO Genre II: The King, Death and Enlightenment: European funeral Monuments from the 17th to 19th Century

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VO Genre II: The King, Death and Enlightenment: European funeral Monuments from the 17th to 19th Century
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Developing a basic understanding and specific advanced knowledge of the lecture’s topic

The lecture is on the subject of an up-to-now neglected field of research: European and especially French tomb sculpture from the 17th to 19th century.

European – and especially French – funeral monuments in the 18th century still lead an art-historical outsider life: branded by Erwin Panofsky as lacking inventiveness, consulted, above all, for facts that illustrate pre-revolutionary ideas of death and the afterlife, and largely cut off from any art-historical research on monuments.

Whereby it is probably not presumptuous to say that elite tombs played an important role in the intellectual, religious and artistic contexts of the 18th and 19th centuries. For France for example, nearly all the great 18th century sculptors participated in tomb projects. Over the course of the 18th and early 19th centuries, the prominently elitist funeral monument within a church was especially the subject of a discussion based on urban-impacted and hygienic considerations that in the end led to giving up the traditional memorial practice, one that was defended for centuries as well as viewed critically as an alliance between church and funeral monument. The result was a reorientation of a tomb's purpose. In addition, tombs were especially regarded as the foremost symbols of the hated protagonists of the ancien régime and were the first extravagant pieces in Alexandre Lenoir’s Musée des Monuments français, eventually relocated to cemeteries outside the city where they advanced to becoming artistic highlights in the tourist guide-posted tour of cemeteries.

The discourses and contexts I here summarily touch on already show the wide range within which the lecture hopes to trace the continuous development from the 17th to the 19th century, by means of choice ensembles of accoutrements and furnishings.


Written exam

To be announced in the course

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siehe LV 618032,
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Date Time Location
Mon 2020-03-02
10.45 - 12.15 41031 UR 41031 UR Barrier-free 2. Prüfungstermin