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Authors:Ellinoor Bergvelt: Department History of European Culture, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication title:Are National Museums of Protestant Nations Different?: The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800–1855
Conference:NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26–28 February; Norrköping; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:022
Article No.:004
Abstract: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. ‘s Rijks Museum (= National Museum; Amsterdam) and the Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen (= Royal Cabinet of Paintings; The Hague); also known as the Mauritshuis. No “master narrative” 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 “backwardness” of the British and Dutch art museums; compared to those in other countries.
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:20
Pages:29–48
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/022/004/ecp072204.pdf
Available:2007-09-19
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Ellinoor Bergvelt (2007). Are National Museums of Protestant Nations Different?: The process of modernizing 19th-century national art museums in the Netherlands and in Great Britain 1800–1855, NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26–28 February; Norrköping; Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=022;article=004 (accessed 10/26/2014)