Studio, Shop, Cabinet, Gallery: Spaces for Experiencing Art in Europe, 1600-1800
The Royal Academy of Arts
18 1/2 x 22 1/16 in. (47 x 56 cm)
Johann Joseph Zoffany
Museum Purchase Fund
Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Ph.D., Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator and Director of the Curatorial Fellowship Program, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University:
This picture forged an ambitious public image for England’s Royal Academy of Arts just a few years after it was established. Every founding member is depicted. The two female academicians, Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser, appear in portraits on the wall at right; decorum forbade them from being in the presence of the unclothed male models at right. The social aspirations of the Academy are expressed in that the artists all wear elegant coats, white hose, and powdered wigs with ribbons tied at the back. The casts of classical sculptures and the sculpture of a flayed man, a tool for anatomical study, in the back-right corner speak to the institution’s intention to educate the intellect as much as the hand.
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Representations of real individuals that are intended to capture a known or supposed likeness; for representations of fictional or mythological characters, use "figures (representations)." [March 1993 lead-in term added. April 1991 descriptor m
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