"By almost common consent the Romantics in France transferred their idealism to the domain of art, either as practitioners or as critics," writes Brookner. "Art was common ground, almost as religion had once been; art, moreover, was an elite calling, a vocation, 'un apostolat' according to Ingres. And few were inclined to doubt that there was something sacerdotal in operating even on the fringes, in celebrating the new that might in turn be revelatory."
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