Dufau’s <i>La Mort d’Ugolin</i>: Dante, Nationalism, and French Art, <i>c</i>.1800

Aida Audeh

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI:
Dufau’s La Mort d’Ugolin: Dante, Nationalism, and French Art, c.1800

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The Salon was the primary venue for art exhibition in nineteenth-century France and the central point for state art purchases and commissions and concurrent published critical discourse. Even with the development during the Third Republic of the private art market and its network of independent art galleries, the Salon continued to exert considerable influence. This chapter examines the presence of Dante in the Salon around 1800: how his persona is represented, how one of his most famous figures (Ugolino) comes to ‘perform’ French nationalism, and how he is politicized (not least by Napoleon) as homme public/grand home.

Keywords: Dante; Salon; Ugolino; French nationalism

Chapter.  8948 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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