By Lucy Hartley
May perhaps the self-interested pursuit of good looks truly support to set up the ethical and political norms that allow democratic society to flourish? during this booklet, Lucy Hartley identifies a brand new language for talking approximately good looks, which starts off to be articulated from the 1830s in a weather of political reform and turns into associated with rising beliefs of equality, liberty, and individuality. reading British artwork and paintings writing through Charles Lock Eastlake, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Edward Poynter, William Morris, and John Addington Symonds, Hartley strains a debate approximately what it capacity to have an interest in good looks and even if this preoccupation is critical to public political existence. Drawing jointly political background, paintings historical past, and theories of society, and supplemented by way of quite a few illustrations, Democratising good looks in Nineteenth-Century Britain deals a clean interdisciplinary figuring out of the relation of paintings to its publics.
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