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An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau

Mario Praz

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 394

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson

  • Date Published: Nov 2008

  • Stock Code: 66516

  • ISBN: 9780500233580

  • Binding: Hardback

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These charming paintings and water-colours, mostly dating from 1770 to 1860 and coming from all over Europe, Russia and America, record with faithful accuracy the shape of a room, the pattern of a carpet, the furniture, pictures, fabrics and wall coverings, the hang of the curtains.

The pictures find their place in a complete survey of domestic and some more palatial interiors portrayed in art from the ancient world to the late 19th century, and including works by Vermeer, Hogarth, Drer, Degas and Vuillard.

The text goes beyond scholarly commentary to present an evolving picture of men and women in relation to domestic surroundings, full of human interest, wit and wide-ranging cultural references.

Mario Praz was Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Rome for many years. He was awarded the British Academy Gold Medal for Anglo-Italian Studies in 1935, the Italian Gold Medal in 1958 and the GrandUfficiale della Repubblica Italiana in 1972. The most celebrated of his many other books is The Romantic Agony.

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