Renowned art historian Dario Gamboni is the first to tackle this weighty Compelling and thought-provoking, The Destruction of Art forces us to. : The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism since the French Revolution (Picturing History) (): Dario Gamboni: Books. The book The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism since the French Revolution, Dario Gamboni is published by Reaktion Books.

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The destruction of art: Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 1 of 5. Check copyright status Cite this Title The destruction of art: Content Types text Carrier Types online resource volume Physical Description 1 online resource pages: Series Picturing history Subjects Art — Mutilation, defacement, etc.

Art, Modern — 19th century. Art, Modern — 20th century. Art — Political aspects. Art — Mutilation, defacement, etc — Deestruction.

Art, Modern — 20th century — Psychological aspects. Art, Modern — Psychological aspects. Summary Last winter, a man tried to break Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain sculpture. The sculpted foot of Michelangelo’s David was damaged in by a purportedly mentally ill artist. With each incident, intellectuals must confront the unsettling dynamic between destruction and art.

Renowned art historian Dario Gamboni is the first to tackle this weighty issue in depth, exploring specters of censorship, iconoclasm, and vandalism that surround such acts. Gamboni uncovers here a disquieting phenomenon that still thrives today worldwide. As he demonstrates throug. Dario Gamboni reassesses the motives and destructin behind deliberate attacks carried out – by institutions as well as individuals – on public buildings, churches, sculptures, paintings and other works of art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Motivated in the first instance by the recent destruction of countless monuments in Europe’s ex-Communist states, which challenged the assumption that iconoclasm was truly a thing of the past, the author has discovered just how widespread the destruction of art is today, whose forms include explicable and inexplicable vandalism, political protest and censorship of every kind. The history of iconoclasm is shown to reflect the changing and conflicting definitions of art itself.

Contents Cover; The Destruction of Art: Theories and Methods; 2. Gaamboni Historical Outline; 3. The Fall of the ‘Communist Monuments’; 4.

The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism since the French Revolution

Political Iconoclasm in Democratic Societies; 5. Outside the First World; 6. Iconoclasm and Multiplication; 7. Free Art and the ‘Free World’; 8.

The Degradation of Art in Public Places; Museums and Pathology; Reformations of Church Art; Modern Art and Iconoclasm; Mistaking Art for Refuse.

Restruction and Methods 2. A Historical Outline 3. The Fall of the ‘Communist Monuments’ 4.

Political Iconoclasm in Democratic Societies 5. Outside the First World 6. Iconoclasm and Multiplication 7. Free Art and the ‘Free World’ 8. The Degradation of Art in Public Places Museums and Pathology Reformations datio Church Art Modern Art and Iconoclasm Mistaking Art for Refuse Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.

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