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Desire and Excess:
The Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art
Jonah Siegel

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

LIST OF FIGURES vii
ACKNOWLEDGMENT xi
PREFACE: The Apparent Permanence of the Museum as Against Its Actual Permanence: The Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art xv
INTRODUCTION: The Museum as Mortuary 3
PART ONE: ART IN THE MUSEUM: ARTIST AND FRAGMENT AT THE TURN OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 15
CHAPTER ONE: David and Fuseli: The Artist in the Museum, the Museum in tHe Work of Art 17
David: The Oaths 18
Fuseli: Before Ruins 28
CHAPTER TWO: "Monuments of Pure Antiquity": The Challenge of the Object in Neoclassical Theory and Pedagogy 40
The Statue and the Penis 47
The Penis and the Statue 64
CHAPTER THREE: "United, Completer Knowledge": Barry, Blake, and the Search for the Artist 73
Alternative Origins 73
Yoseph of Arimathea: Blake and the Work of Art 76
The Laocoun: Stupendous Originals 80
PART TWO: THE AUTHOR AS WORK OF ART: ACCUMULATION, DISPLAY, AND DEATH IN LITERARY BIOGRAPHY 91
CHAPTER FOUR: Hazlitt, Scott, Lockhart: Intimacy, Anonymity, and Excess 93
"That Which is Unseen ": The Life of Genius 93
Talking in a Tempest: Hazlitt on Contemporary Life 102
A Writing Hand: The Life of Scott 113
CHAPTER FIVE: Keats: In the Library, in the Museum 130
The Museum: Accommodating Art. 133
"A Perfect Treasure House": The Museum of the Mind 150
PART THREE: ABSENCE AND EXCESS: THE PRESENCE OF THE OBJECT 165
CHAPTER SIX: Outline, Collection, City: Hazlitt, Ruskin, and the Encounter with Art 167
"Asking for the Old Pictures": Hazlitt's Dream of the Louvre 168
Ruskin in the Presence of Art: Art, Treasure, Exhihition 180
Learned Outlines: Hazlitt and Ruskin on Flaxman 189
CHAPTER SEVEN: Vast Knowledge/Narrow Space: The Stones of Venice 197
Travel and Organization 197
The Natures of Gothic 209
PART FOUR: THE DEATHS OF THE CRITICS 225
CHAPTER EIGHT: Modernity as Resurrection in Pater and Wilde 227
Filling in the Outline, or "What Is Really New" 227
"A Pomegranate Cut with a Knife of Ivory" 251
AFTERWORD: Las Meninas as Cover: Foucault, Velazquez, and the Reflection of the Museum 263
NOTES 279
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS 337
INDEX 339

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