rebus 30th anniversary desmond elliott 2017 twitter katie fforde Harry Potter House Eds
Search our site
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon Read the opening extract of the brand new Nicolas Obregon book before its publication on 18/09/2017

Miss Angel The Art and World of Angelica Kauffman, Eighteenth-Century Icon by Angelica Goodden
  

Miss Angel The Art and World of Angelica Kauffman, Eighteenth-Century Icon

RRP £17.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Synopsis

Miss Angel The Art and World of Angelica Kauffman, Eighteenth-Century Icon by Angelica Goodden

A word was coined to describe the condition of people stricken with a new kind of fever when the Swiss-born artist Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) came to London in 1766. 'The whole world', it was said, 'is Angelicamad.' One of the most successful women artists in history - a painter who possessed what her friend Goethe called an 'unbelievable' and 'massive' talent - Kauffman became the toast of Georgian England, captivating society with her portraits, mythological scenes and decorative compositions. She knew and painted poets, novelists and playwrights, collaborating with them and illustrating their work; her designs adorned the houses of the Grand Tourists she had met and painted in Italy; actors, statesmen, philosophers, kings and queen sat to her; and she was the force that launched a thousand engravings. Despite rumours of relationships with other artists (including Sir Joshua Reynolds), and an apparently bigamous and annulled first marriage to a pseudo Count, Kauffman was adopted by royalty in England and abroad as a model of social and artistic decorum. A profoundly learned artist, but one who is loved, above all, for her tender adaptations from classical antiquity and sentimental literature; a commercially successful celebrity yet also a founding member of The Royal Academy of arts; the virginal creator of sexually ambivalent beings who was one of the hardest-headed businesswomen of her age, Kauffman's life and work is full of apparent contradictions explored in this first biography in over 80 years.

Reviews

'A riveting reappraisal. Angelica Goodden tells the story of Kauffman's sensational rise to fame in vivid detail with a wealth of new insight into the late eighteenth century European art world in which she operated with such elan. Best of all Goodden tackles the still controversial subject of Kauffman's real standing as an artist, posing the question Was she really worth it?'
This skilful, perspicacious book convinces us she was

.
Fiona MacCarthy

'I've read Miss Angel with enormous pleasure and admiration. A magnificent testimony to Angelica Kauffman. A fascinating read as you uncover, through her portraits, the characters of her myriad sitters - amongst them some of the leading figures of the later eighteenth century...It's brilliant.'
Lyndall Gordon Like an 18th

-century Tracey Emin (but more chaste), she was a canny operator who capitalised on her image as a naif abroad in the fashionable world. Financial Times FT Magazine 'highly readable new biography...The story of her rise and rise shows how little has changed in the art world. You Magazine, Mail on Sunday 'Kauffman deserves our attention as much as Goodden merits thanks for bringing her impressive life to our attention
RA Magazine

About the Author

Angelica Goodden is a Fellow and Tutor of St Hilda's College, Oxford. As well as several books on the literature and culture of eighteenth-century France, she is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of the painter Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, The Sweetness of Life.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2005

Author

Angelica Goodden

More books by Angelica Goodden
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Pimlico an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Individual artists, art monographs
Painting & paintings
History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800

ISBN

9781844137589

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools