1.1 Origins of the Enlightenment

Image of the front cover of the Encyclopedie written by Diderot and D'Alembert
“Cover of the Encyclopaedia or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts”
edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond D’Alembert, in the public domain.


Numerous political, philosophical, social, and theological events took place to result in what is known as the Age of Reason or the Age of Enlightenment. For the purposes of review, we will be focusing on three key developments influencing the impetus of modernity as it relates to our art-historical lens. These three developments were the political institutionalization of art and design education, widespread elitist travel throughout Europe, and to other historically relevant centers for the production of culture, and the collecting and display practices of the wealthy patrons to the arts.

These events are classified in our text as Arts Education, The Grand Tour, and Collecting Practices — or specifically the origins of the museum.


READ: John Pile, and Judith Gura. History of Interior Design. Wiley, 2014. https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfInteriorDesign/mode/2up

***pages: Chapter 9 pp. 204 – 209; Chapter 10 pp. 213-222***

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