While it would be great to surmise the soaring demand has been brought about by a newBritish age of romanticism
, the truth is probably closer to them being more affordable now.
In the years leading up to 1800, the age of Enlightenment yielded to the age of Romanticism
Such was the case, for example, with "Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
," a traveling show (it ended last fall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) that successfully charted exchanges between French and English art from 1820 to 1840.
Present-day viewers can discover them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until the beginning of January in "Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
," organized by the Tate, London.
Raymond Schwab, the French scholar who proclaimed the age of Romanticism
to have been an "Oriental Renaissance" in which Western culture renewed itself through Indian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese thought, noted that it was in the realm of the plastic arts that Europe remained hopelessly resistant, experiencing "terror in the face of the mul tiform gods .