Space, chastity and classicism at The British Museum
Candlin, Fiona (2001) Space, chastity and classicism at The British Museum. In: Jones, David J. and Normie, Gerald (eds.) 2001 - A Spatial Odyssey. Nottingham: Continuing Education Press, pp. 54-65. ISBN 185041095X.
When the British Museum was re-built on a grand scale in the early 19th century it was already conceived of as a place of learning and for intellectual enquiry. In the words of the architect Sir Robert Smirke the building was intended to be ‘simple, grand, magnificent without ostentation and everywhere discovering a rational purpose effected by the best means’. When finished, the Museum’s Great Court was described as ‘grand, chaste, simple and naked’. In this paper I explore how concepts of learning, sexuality, gender and chastity were made material in the architectural space of the museum.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||gender, museums, sexuality, neo-classicism, British Museum|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art|
|Research Centre:||Birkbeck Knowledge Lab|
|Depositing User:||Fiona Candlin|
|Date Deposited:||25 Nov 2008 16:43|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2016 13:41|
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