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Title: Art in the Museums and Art in the Homes: Tableaux Vivants in Isabella Stewart Gardner's time
Authors: Mamoli Zorzi, Rosella
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: This essay discusses the characteristics of tableaux vivants, a form home and theatrical entrainment, as staged in the USA and in Europe. The bourgeois 19th century developed a form of dramatic representation that was made popular by Goethe and his Elective Affinities. In the USA it developed in two directions, at the home and homely tableaux, often represented at charities, and the tableaux staged in the theatre to present naked women (pornographic literature also developed from tableaux). Tableaux represnting paintings are interesting signs of which painters and paintings were poluar at the time, as instant recognition of the subject represented was essential. This essay is part of a more extended work-in-progress.
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