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Gildea 1994, 21. 30 marita mathijsen des Arts. What had once been the royal collection was now put on display, and much confiscated art was housed there, too, in particular when Napoleon set out on his raids of cultural robbery. That is why in 1803 the Museum was named after him. It was made accessible for free, to the public on their free Sundays and over the entire week to artists who wished to examine the works of their great forebears. The museum served to the Revolutionaries as a showpiece, but it also came in for some fierce criticism.

12 The notion that the present day is characterized by the ceaseless iteration of the new has, of course, lots to do with the attempt of French revolutionaries to remake self and society, but it subsequently served as a new, quite unprecedented means to see subsequent change in drastic terms, so that the violent transformations of the French Revolution exploded again and again in the European time zone. But this was so not so much because of the latency of the trauma of the revolution or even because the French Revolution of 1789 became a series of French Revolutions in the nineteenth century—1830, 1848, 1871—but rather because the revolution had the effect of dramatizing temporal sightlines that caught and modified objects throughout Europe.

London: Putnam, 1902), 6:255. 8 peter fritzsche out of this mobilized view of the contemporary world, and, of course, this history is also written in such a conceited mode. 14 This permitted a far-ranging periodization of the historical and biological record which set aside neat developmental schemas in favor of specific ruptures based on difference. The common plane of experience on which the ancient Greeks, the Renaissance Italians, and eighteenth-century Frenchmen had for hundreds of years encountered each other broke apart, depositing the Greeks, Italians, and French each into their own self-enclosed worlds separated not simply by time but by the passing of time in a way that established definitive cultural differences.

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