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Painting with Fire: Sir Joshua Reynolds, Photography, and the Temporally Evolving Chemical Object

Matthew C. Hunter

Abstract

Painting with Fire shows how experiments with chemicals known to change visibly over the course of time transformed British pictorial arts of the long eighteenth century—and how they can alter our conceptions of photography today. In the 1670s, experimental philosophers at the early Royal Society of London were studying the visual effects of dynamic combustibles. By the 1770s, that chemical volatility had become central to ambitious paintings in the circles of Sir Joshua Reynolds, premier portraitist and first president of Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts. Valued by some critics for changing in ... More

Keywords: Joshua Reynolds, British Art, James Watt, Neoclassicism, Philosophy of Time, History and Theory of Photography, Art-Historical Method, Chemistry and Art, Anthropocene

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226390253
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226390390.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew C. Hunter, author
McGill University