Article | NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrk√∂ping; Sweden | Are National Museums of Protestant Nations Different?: The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800‚Äď1855

Title:
Are National Museums of Protestant Nations Different?: The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800‚Äď1855
Author:
Ellinoor Bergvelt: Department History of European Culture, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Year:
2007
Conference:
NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden
Issue:
022
Article no.:
004
Pages:
29‚Äď48
No. of pages:
20
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-09-19
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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I Although 19th-century national museums are supposed to be part of identity politics of the European nation-states; this was not the case in the Netherlands and Great Britain; at least not in the early part of the 19th century. Surprisingly; William I; the first king of the House of Orange-Nassau (1815-1840); never used art museums as part of his politics to unify his nation (consisting of the Northern and Southern Netherlands; nowadays the Netherlands; Belgium and Luxemburg): there existed municipal art museums in Antwerp and Brussels; and two (!); national art museums in the Northern part of the country; i.e. ‚Äės Rijks Museum (= National Museum; Amsterdam) and the Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen (= Royal Cabinet of Paintings; The Hague); also known as the Mauritshuis. No ‚Äúmaster narrative‚ÄĚ was told; nor had one location been chosen to do so. Also in Great Britain the possibilities of a national art gallery were not fully used. It was only after the reorganization of the National Gallery in 1855 that a clear policy was formulated. Protestantism might be one of the explanations for the ‚Äúbackwardness‚ÄĚ of the British and Dutch art museums; compared to those in other countries.

NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Ellinoor Bergvelt
Title:
Are National Museums of Protestant Nations Different?: The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800‚Äď1855
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NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Ellinoor Bergvelt
Title:
Are National Museums of Protestant Nations Different?: The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800‚Äď1855
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