Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot

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University of California Press, 1980 - Aesthetics - 249 pages
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With this widely acclaimed work, Fried revised the way in which eighteenth-century French painting and criticism were viewed and understood. "A reinterpretation supported by immense learning and by a series of brilliantly perceptive readings of paintings and criticism alike. . . . An exhilarating book." John Barrell, "London Review of Books"

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Michael Fried is J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and director of the Humanities Center at the Johns Hopkins University.

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