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Antoine Chrysostome Quatremere de Quincy (1755-1849) was the most important Neoclassical
art historian in the generation after Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768). It is difficult
now to appreciate his importance, due in part to the lack of translations of his 21 published
books: three were rendered into English in the 19th century, and one in the 21st. The Moral
Considerations has long been considered the most shattering polemic against public museums
ever written. But I will show that Quatremere's polemic was aimed, not against museums per se,
but rather against the imperialist and secularist curatorial purposes of Parisian museums in the
age of Revolution. His Neoclassical commitments maintained the centrality of religion, and of
incarnation, to any proper understanding of the place and purpose of the fine arts.
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