The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment

“The distinctions between art and science, and arts and crafts, were unknown before the 17th century. ‘Arts’ simply implied skills, whether in painting and music, or in glass-making, furniture-making or even magic. The division between the ‘fine arts’ and the lower ‘mechanical arts’ came later and, with that separation, and the post-romantic downgrading of science, much was lost.

“In this wide-ranging survey of the aesthetics and practice of innovation and design from the 17th to the 19th centuries, Celina Fox sets out to recreate that vanished, unified sensibility. To do so she examines the progress and perception of industry from different perspectives, providing a detailed account while remaining alert to the piecemeal process and regional differences of the industrial revolution.”

Writing in the UK’s Guardian, Jenny Uglow offers a quite favorable, attentive and detailed review of Celina Fox’s new “copiously illustrated and lavishly produced” work The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment.

Published in: on March 31, 2010 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  

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