Faith in facsimile? The invention of photography and the reproduction of Spanish art

Macartney, H. (2015) Faith in facsimile? The invention of photography and the reproduction of Spanish art. Art in Translation, 7(1), pp. 95-122. (doi: 10.2752/175613115X14235644692356)

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This paper considers the relationship between traditional prints, painted copies and photography in the reproduction of art, including the development of photomechanical processes in book illustration, from the point of view of the historiography of art. Its aim is to examine the impact of these on the methodology of the emerging discipline of art history and the establishment of a canon of Spanish art during the nineteenth century. Focusing principally on the Scottish writer Sir William Stirling Maxwell (1818-78), and including comparison and contrast with another pioneer in the historiography of Golden Age art in Spain, the German art historian Carl Justi (1832-1912), it explores some of the concerns they expressed around the reliability of both new and established methods of reproduction of art, including notions of facsimile and translation of meaning, and ponders the continuing relevance of such concerns in today’s digital age.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Art in Translation on 07/05/15, available online:
Keywords:reproduction of art; Spanish art; early photography; printmaking; photomechanical processes; facsimile; Sir William Stirling Maxwell; Carl Justi; Velázquez; Murillo; El Greco.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacArtney, Dr Hilary
Authors: Macartney, H.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Journal Name:Art in Translation
ISSN (Online):1756-1310
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 5 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
First Published:First published in Art in Translation 7(1):95-122
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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