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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264355

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.001.0001

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Palace or Powerstation? Museums Today

Palace or Powerstation? Museums Today


(p.1) Palace or Powerstation? Museums Today
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures


British Academy

This lecture presents the text of the speech about art museums in England delivered by the author at the 2007 Isaiah Berlin Lecture held at the British Academy. It comments on the role of museums as palaces or powerstations. The lecture suggests that the shape and size of museum buildings are bound to reflect not only their purpose but also the cultural assumptions of the period in which they were created, or recreated. It describes the Louvre and the Fitzwilliam Museums.

Keywords:   art museums, England, Louvre, Fitzwilliam Museum, Isaiah Berlin Lecture, British Academy

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