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The Modern Ideal: The Rise and Collapse of Idealism in the Visual Arts from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism

The Modern Ideal: The Rise and Collapse of Idealism in the Visual Arts from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism

Over the last three centuries the world has been modernized. From the first stirrings of industrialism to the definitive arrival of globalization, art…

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