Futures & Ruins

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An astute reader of images and their cultural implications, Nina Dubin proposes in this beautifully produced study of Hubert Robert’s enigmatic apocalypses a new understanding of how late-eighteenth-century aesthetics responded to the precarious temporality of dislocations that redefined economic value, politics, urbanism, and the very sense of what history might be.–Thomas Kavanagh, Augutus R. Street Professor of French, Yale University Nina Dubin s study has compiled an impressive array of contemporary sources for a comprehensive analysis of the motivations, influences, and implications of Hubert Robert s paintings from the late eighteenth century. „H-France Review““ In this well-written and thought-provoking book, Dubin focuses on Hubert Robert s paintings of ruins, interpreted as part of a culture that understood itself to be modern via its capacity to envision its own destruction. „Choice““ An astute reader of images and their cultural implications, Nina Dubin proposes in this beautifully produced study of Hubert Robert s enigmatic apocalypses a new understanding of how late-eighteenth-century aesthetics responded to the precarious temporality of dislocations that redefined economic value, politics, urbanism, and the very sense of what history might be. Thomas Kavanagh, Augutus R. Street Professor of French, Yale University“ Nina Dubin s incisive readings of Hubert Robert s ruin pictures, seen through the lens of period financial fears and speculations, will completely alter the prevailing wisdom about these paintings. These artworks were hitherto interpreted exclusively via the rhetorics of the picturesque, but Dubin brings their salient modernities to life. The context of economic risk and the concomitant imagination of calamity that she evokes in this beautifully written book could not be more topical if she had invented the whole thing. And she did not! Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University “ Nina Dubin’s incisive readings of Hubert Robert’s ruin pictures, seen through the lens of period financial fears and speculations, will completely alter the prevailing wisdom about these paintings. These artworks were hitherto interpreted exclusively via the rhetorics of „the picturesque,“ but Dubin brings their salient modernities to life. The context of economic risk and the concomitant imagination of calamity that she evokes in this beautifully written book could not be more topical if she had invented the whole thing. And she did not! –Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University „Nina Dubin’s study has compiled an impressive array of contemporary sources for a comprehensive analysis of the motivations, influences, and implications of Hubert Robert’s paintings from the late eighteenth century.“–„H-France Review“ „In this well-written and thought-provoking book, Dubin focuses on Hubert Robert’s paintings of ruins, interpreted as part of a culture that understood itself to be modern via its capacity to envision its own destruction.“–„Choice “ Nina Dubin’s incisive readings of Hubert Robert’s ruin pictures, seen through the lens of period financial fears and speculations, will completely alter the prevailing wisdom about these paintings. These artworks were hitherto interpreted exclusively via the rhetorics of „the picturesque,“ but Dubin brings their salient modernities to life. The context of economic risk and the concomitant imagination of calamity that she evokes in this beautifully written book could not be more topical if she had invented the whole thing. And she did not!–Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Nina L. Dubin is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.