The Society of Dilettanti Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment Jason M. Kelly

Series:
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
15 Jan 2010
ISBN:
9780300152197
Dimensions:
320 pages: 256 x 192 x 30mm
Illustrations:
100 black-&-white illustrations + 20 colour images

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In 1732 a group of elite young men who had met on the grand tour formed a convivial dining club called the Society of Dilettanti. By the middle of the 18th century the Dilettanti took on an influential role in cultural matters, organizing archaeological expeditions, forming the Royal Academy and the British Museum, and ultimately becoming one of the most prominent and influential societies of the British Enlightenment. This lively and illuminating account is the most detailed analysis of the early Society of Dilettanti to date. Jason M. Kelly places the group at the complex intersection of international and national discourses that shaped the British Enlightenment; thus, it sheds new light on 18th-century grand tourism, elite masculinity, sociability, aesthetics, architecture, and archaeology.

Jason M. Kelly is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University--Purdue University, Indianapolis.

"In addition to its other virtues, Kelly’s book is meticulously researched, generously illustrated, and handsomely produced. Full of nuanced ideas but historically grounded, it makes an important contribution to the study of culture and sociability – and the ways in which they were related – in eighteenth-century Europe."—Carole Paul, European History Quarterly