The Changing Status of the Artist / Edition 1

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This book focuses attention on the theme of the artist and especially the changing statusof the artist in the early modern period. In a series of case studies--some devoted to asingle artist and others dealing more broadly with artistic practice--the book explores andquestions the widely held notion that the modern idea of the artist emerged in the laterfifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This is the second of six volumes in the series Art and Its Histories, created to accompanythe Open University course by the same title. Published in association with the Open University .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300077421
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Art and Its Histories Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Historical introduction: the idea of the artist 7
Pt. 1 Biography and the Image of the Artist
Introduction 27
1 'Little desire for glory': the case of Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti 32
2 Italian artists in search of virtue, fame, and honour c.1450-c.1650 56
3 Benvenuto Cellini and the salt-cellar 88
Pt. 2 Northern Europe in the Sixteenth Century
Introduction 103
4 The status of the artist in Northern Europe in the sixteenth century 109
5 Commercial sculpture 129
6 Genius and melancholy: the art of Durer 146
7 Pieter Bruegel the Elder and the northern canon 169
Pt. 3 Changing Interpretations
Introduction 187
8 The making of a canonical artist: Vermeer 192
9 Subjects, society, style: changing evaluations of Watteau and his art 220
Conclusion 249
Recommended reading 252
Index 254
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