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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.

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Abstract

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 or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > History of Art
Depositing User: Dr Fiona Candlin
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2008 16:43
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 11:56
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/753

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