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The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist
     

The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist

by Francis Ames-Lewis
 

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ISBN-10: 0300092954

ISBN-13: 9780300092950

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

At the beginning of the fifteenth century, painters and sculptors were seldom regarded as more than artisans and craftsmen, but within little more than a hundred years they had risen to the status of “artist.” This book explores how early Renaissance artists gained recognition for the intellectual foundations of their activities and achieved artistic

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At the beginning of the fifteenth century, painters and sculptors were seldom regarded as more than artisans and craftsmen, but within little more than a hundred years they had risen to the status of “artist.” This book explores how early Renaissance artists gained recognition for the intellectual foundations of their activities and achieved artistic autonomy from enlightened patrons. A leading authority on Renaissance art, Francis Ames-Lewis traces the ways in which the social and intellectual concerns of painters and sculptors brought about the acceptance of their work as a liberal art, alongside other arts like poetry. He charts the development of the idea of the artist as a creative genius with a distinct identity and individuality.

Ames-Lewis examines the various ways that Renaissance artists like Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Dürer, as well as many other less well known painters and sculptors, pressed for intellectual independence. By writing treatises, biographies, poetry, and other literary works, by seeking contacts with humanists and literary men, and by investigating the arts of the classical past, Renaissance artists honed their social graces and broadened their intellectual horizons. They also experienced a growing creative confidence and self-awareness that was expressed in novel self-portraits, works created solely to demonstrate pictorial skills, and monuments to commemorate themselves after death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300092950
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction
1(16)
The Artist's Education and Training
17(44)
The Social and Cultural Activities of the Renaissance Artist
61(28)
Commemoration of the Early Renaissance Artist
89(20)
The Artist and Archaeology
109(32)
Image and Text: The Paragone
141(22)
Painting and Poetry
163(14)
Artistic Licence, Invention and Fantasia
177(12)
Ekphrasis
189(20)
Self-portraiture
209(36)
Artists' Display
245(26)
Conclusion: The Reputation of the Renaissance Artist
271(9)
Notes 280(13)
Bibliography 293(13)
Photograph Credits 306(1)
Index 307

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