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LIGHT TOUCHES: CULTURAL PRACTICES OF ILLUMINATION, 1800-1900. Alice Barnaby. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. Copyright 2017. Directions in Cultural History. 176 pp. with 22 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-23153 ISBN 9780415663373 In English.
Publisher's description: Light Touches: Cultural Practices of Illumination, 1800-1900 explores how urban lives in the nineteenth century were increasingly touched by innovations in the technologies and aesthetics of illumination. Dramatic changes in qualities of light -- and darkness -- became acutely palpable to the human sensorium; using, seeing, feeling, and being in light were now matters of intense personal and cultural concern. Light gave meaningful vitality to the period's material culture, and light itself became something to be perceptually consumed. Over the course of six chapters Alice Barnaby traces how light was used in amateur artistic pastimes, interior design and clothing fashions, spectacular public amusements, volatile street demonstrations, and art gallery designs. From these previously unexplored examples a more complex history of light in the period emerges. Society's fascination with illumination, its desire to work with it and make meaning from it gave rise to a distinctly new set of cultural practices. Through these practices unexpected discoveries about the modern world were revealed. Light proved to be instrumental in everyday acts of experimentation and imaginative enquiry.
Indexing: Western, Europe, International (Western Style) — 1800-1900 — Several Media
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 162453
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