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Title: An aspirational era? : examining and defining Scottish visual culture 1620-1707
Author: Insh, Fern
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 3841
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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The aims of this dissertation are to examine and define Scottish visual culture from 1620 to 1707. Such a definition has hitherto been omitted from previous scholarship. Scholars have concentrated on individual works, genres or displays in order to provide the initial groundwork. This study dissolves boundaries between categories and characterises aspects of the visual culture as a whole. The era is defined as having been characteristically aspirational. There are two halves to this dissertation. The first two chapters demonstrate that seventeenth-century Scottish artists were responding to a European aesthetic in order to create intelligent, distinctly Scottish, works of art. This is clarified via examining how European print sources were used and by observing the importance of symbolic location and juxtaposition in the display of pictures. The last two chapters explore the making, selling and acquisition of art throughout the period. Case studies consider the seventeenth-century Scottish artist's role in society, the financial value of art throughout the period and aspects of the early Scottish art market. The chapter in the centre of this dissertation is more speculative– its purpose is to promote further debate in the field and to aid further research. These two aspects are prompted via a case study examining subtext in imagery used at the procession which welcomed Charles I to his coronation in Edinburgh in 1633. The period of focus covers 1620 to 1707. The 1620s saw an increased interest in portraiture thanks to George Jamesone, Scotland's first eminent portrait painter. Prior to Jamesone promoting excitement in patrons, Scots had not been so interested in commissioning portraits. The end date of the period of focus marks the political Union with England. After this date, the Scots who manufactured the visual culture discussed in this dissertation experienced a dramatic social change which led their concerns in other directions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council ; College of Arts and Social Sciences ; University of Aberdeen ; Principal's Excellence Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Art