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Buying Respectability: Philanthropy and Urban Society in by Thomas Adam

By Thomas Adam

In 19th-century Leipzig, Toronto, manhattan, and Boston, a newly emergent workforce of industrialists and marketers entered into pageant with older verified elite teams for social reputation in addition to cultural and political management. the contest was once performed out at the box of philanthropy, with the North American group accumulating rules from Europe concerning the institution of cultural and public associations. for instance, to safe financing for his or her new museum, the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of paintings equipped its club and fundraising at the version of German paintings museums. the method of cultural borrowing and intercultural move formed city landscapes with the construction of recent libraries, museums, and social housing tasks. an incredible contribution to the particularly new box of transnational heritage, this booklet establishes philanthropy as a major instance of the conversion of financial assets into social and cultural capital.

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Leipzig Art Museum. Photograph by Hermann Walter, ca. 1895. Courtesy of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig. niscent of Leipzig’s art association, which differed from other art associations in the social/occupational profile of its membership. While the Dresden art association had a large number of artists among its members, the Leipzig art association was nearly exclusively an organization of wealthy citizens who were interested in the promotion and funding of art. Less than 7 percent of the members of Leipzig’s art association had been artists.

According to Walter Grasskamp, art museums were founded in two waves. During the first half of the nineteenth century, dukes and kings financed royal art museums and collections. The Old and the New Museum in Berlin, the Art Gallery in Dresden, and the Art Hall in Karlsruhe are prime examples of this period. 28 With the exception of the Städelsche Art Institute in Frankfurt am Main, founded in 1816 by Johann Friedrich Städel,29 all other art museums resulted from the activities of local art associations.

Deutsche Fotothek. that I may call for them indefinitely. The mode of taking them out is simple and at the same time singular. You send in the name of the book you want on a slip of paper with your own name and the librarians look out [for] the book in the course of twenty-four hours” (August 6–8, 1815). After having spent one year in Göttingen, Ticknor embarked with Everett on a trip through Leipzig, Dresden, Jena, Weimar, Halle, and Berlin. In Dresden, Ticknor was introduced to the royal family, and he visited Dresden’s famous art gallery and the Royal Saxon Library, which he called a public library and described 1945.

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