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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 554

The MET : Gallery 554 : Revival Styles, 1800–1850

Art From Us, Museum Guide #658

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #658 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) NY’s Gallery 554. Showcasing a collection of Revival Styles, 1800–1850.

The three works in focus are :

  1. Bookstand, Design attributed to Charles-Auguste Questel, 1839.
  2. Tray, Sevres Manufactory, 1836.
  3. Prie-Dieu, Stammer & Bruel, 1855.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #658

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #658. The objects in this gallery were created in the Revivalist style of the early 19th century.

What is European Revivalism?

In the wake of the Industrial Revolution and the spread of Imperialism, European nations harboured a feeling of nostalgia for their indigenous past. The growth of industry led to the mass production of homogenised goods. Colonization further led to the infiltration of Western cultures by Eastern influences.  This subsequently resulted in the development of a new style in art that was labelled European Revivalism.

The artists and architects of the early 19th century sought to carry forth the creative legacy of Europe. They did this by employing old decorative styles to create objects in the present. Therefore, between 1800 to 1850, Europe saw a revival of some of its most significant movements including the Classicism of Greek and Rome, and Gothic art.

The intention of the revivalist artists was not to exactly replicate the art of the past, neither did they want to fully commit to a particular stylistic vocabulary. Their goal was simply to revisit certain prominent styles, through the use of similar motifs and ideas.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Gallery 554 is full of objects and artifacts from this era. This is one room you definitely should not miss!


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