A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art [NOOK Book]

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Through the masterpieces produced by artists ranging from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer, Europe’s Renaissance and Baroque period grew into one of the most creative times in world history. A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art presents a comprehensive collection of interdisciplinary essays that address major aspects of European visual arts produced from approximately 1300 to 1700, a period of artistic flourishing that many consider the beginning of modern history. These essays, ...
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Overview

Through the masterpieces produced by artists ranging from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer, Europe’s Renaissance and Baroque period grew into one of the most creative times in world history. A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art presents a comprehensive collection of interdisciplinary essays that address major aspects of European visual arts produced from approximately 1300 to 1700, a period of artistic flourishing that many consider the beginning of modern history. These essays, however, transcend the traditional period labels of “Renaissance” and “Baroque” by addressing works from Duccio and Chaucer to Velazquez and Newton as a single continuum, inclusive in terms of both disciplinary and geographical boundaries, as an era best characterized as “early modern.”

Featuring original contributions by an international roster of scholars from various disciplines, writings are grouped by concept in five sections that spotlight the varied components and processes that constitute the world of the visual arts and the variety of interpretive methods and ideas that can be, and have been, brought to bear on art objects. Essays explore how art interacts with the cultural paradigms of this explosive time: the interface between art and religion, art and science, and gender and sexuality to name a few.

Combining an unprecedented breadth of coverage and depth of scholarship with lucid and accessible writing, A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art represents the most comprehensive reference on the study of Renaissance and Baroque visual arts available today.

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“The comprehensive collection of essays addresses major aspects of European visual arts produced in 1300-1700. This book offers developments in the sphere of theory and criticism with the changing tastes, attitudes, and goals among patrons and artists.” (NeoPopRealism Journal, 1 August 2013)

"Provides a fuller context for students to understand the confluence of ideas related to art production and allows students an opportunity to examine several examples of methodological principles behind art historical research ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students." (Choice, 1 September 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118391518
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Art History , #29
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Babette Bohn is Professor of Art History at Texas Christian University. Her publications include two books on Italian prints, Agostino Carracci (1995) and Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century (1996), and two on the drawings of Ludovico Carracci (2004) and Guido Reni (2008).

James M. Saslow is Professor of Art History, Theatre, and Renaissance Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His most recent book, Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts (1999), received two awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Contributors viii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1
Babette Bohn and James M. Saslow

Part 1 The Context: Social-Historical Factors in Artistic Production 21

1 A Taxonomy of Art Patronage in Renaissance Italy 23
Sheryl E. Reiss

2 Judaism and the Arts in Early Modern Europe: Jewish and Christian Encounters 44
Shelley Perlove

3 Religion, Politics, and Art in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy 65
Julia I. Miller

4 Europe’s Global Vision 85
Larry Silver

5 Italian Art and the North: Exchanges, Critical Reception, and Identity, 1400–1700 106
Amy Golahny

6 The Desiring Eye: Gender, Sexuality, and the Visual Arts 127
James M. Saslow

Part 2 The Artist: Creative Process and Social Status 149

7 The Artist as Genius 151
William E. Wallace

8 Drawing in Renaissance Italy 168
Mary Vaccaro

9 Self-Portraiture 1400–1700 189
H. Perry Chapman

10 Recasting the Role of the Italian Sculptor: Sculptors, Patrons, Materials, and Principles for the New Early Modern Age 210
Elinor M. Richter

11 From Oxymoron to Virile Paintbrush: Women Artists in Early Modern Europe 229
Babette Bohn

Part 3 The Object: Art as Material Culture 251

12 The Birth of Mass Media: Printmaking in Early Modern Europe 253
Alison G. Stewart

13 The Material Culture of Family Life in Italy and Beyond 275
Jacqueline Marie Musacchio

14 Tapestry: Luxurious Art, Collaborative Industry 295
Koenraad Brosens

15 The New Sciences and the Visual Arts 316
Eileen Reeves

16 Seeing Through Renaissance and Baroque Paintings: Case Studies 336
Claire Barry

Part 4 The Message: Subjects and Meanings 359

17 Iconography in Renaissance and Baroque Art 361
Mark Zucker

18 Renaissance Landscapes: Discovering the World and Human Nature 381
Lawrence O. Goedde

19 The Nude Figure in Renaissance Art 402
Thomas Martin

20 Genre Painting in Seventeenth-Century Europe 422
Wayne Franits

21 The Meaning of the European Painted Portrait, 1400–1650 442
Joanna Woods-Marsden

22 All the World’s a Stage: The Theater Conceit in Early Modern Italy 463
Inge Jackson Reist

23 Intensity and Orthodoxy in Iberian and Hispanic Art of the Tridentine Era, 1550–1700 484
Marcus B. Burke

Part 5 The Viewer, the Critic, and the Historian: Reception and Interpretation as Cultural Discourse 505

24 Historians of Northern European Art: From Johann Neudörfer and Karel van Mander to the Rembrandt Research Project 507
Jeffrey Chipps Smith

25 Artistic Biography in Italy: Vasari to Malvasia 525
David Cast

26 With a Critical Eye: Painting and Theory in France, 1600–43 The Case of Simon Vouet and Nicolas Poussin 541
Joseph C. Forte

27 The Italian Piazza: From Gothic Footnote to Baroque Theater 561
Niall Atkinson

28 Building in Theory and Practice: Writing about Architecture in the Renaissance 582
Carolyn Yerkes

Index 602

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