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David WilkieThe People's Painter$
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Nicholas Tromans

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625208

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625208.001.0001

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‘The Shackles of Connoisseurship’

‘The Shackles of Connoisseurship’

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David Wilkie

Nicholas Tromans

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses directly David Wilkie's relationship with his audiences and with the institutions which mediated that relationship. Wilkie explored the possibilities of retaining more intimate, private relationships with artworks: in domestic spaces, and in the ancient buildings that had sheltered artistic treasures for centuries. He sought to instill respect for painterly tradition into the institution, and especially into its students. Moreover, the chapter explores two contexts for viewing that seemed to offer such real alternatives: on one hand the private, domestic space; and on the other, the picturesque location – the Old Master encountered in its original, ecclesiastical setting. Wilkie's respect for the Roman Church was reflected in a series of four paintings of pilgrim subjects, the first of which he completed in Italy as he recovered his strength.

Keywords:   David Wilkie, domestic spaces, Old Master, Roman Church, ancient buildings, paintings, Italy

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