From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500

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This innovative book presents a fresh view of fifteenth-century Netherlandish art and the significance of its contributions to contemporary Italian art, notably in such areas as oil painting, landscape, and portraiture. Focusing on Florence, a prime center of Renaissance culture, the book explores for the first time the profound impact of Netherlandish works on Italian painters including Leonardo, Perugino, and Ghirlandaio.

Paula Nuttall discusses Italian ownership of Netherlandish paintings in the fifteenth century and the shared artistic concerns of Florentine and Netherlandish painters. She examines in depth the various means by which artistic contact occurred, the growth in demand for Netherlandish art in Florence, and the holdings of the Medici and other collectors. With particular emphasis on the period 1460–1500, when the vogue for Netherlandish painting was at its height, the author shows that the consequences of Italian exposure to Netherlandish art were far more sweeping than has been understood before.

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Library Journal
British art historian Nuttall developed her Ph.D. dissertation into this beautifully illustrated, scholarly work. It presents 15th-century artistic, cultural, and commercial interrelationships between the Low Countries famous for Flemish Gothic art and the city of Florence, renowned for its Italian art. Counter to the traditional view that Italian art so influenced northern Europe, Nuttall proposes just the opposite. Wealthy families like the Medici played a significant role in the patronage of Netherlandish artists, while Italian merchants in Bruges sent paintings back home. The particular Flemish style of depicting religious devotion and the exquisite oil technique of portraying sumptuous details of clothing and interiors directly impacted Italian artists. Religious painting had great importance in both the Netherlands and Italy at this time, and it is this genre that Nuttall studies, including the impressive altar pieces designed for Catholic churches. Portraiture skills are evident in the imaginary portrayals of heavenly figures as well as the realistic documentations of 15th-century donors. Landscape perspective provides earthly background settings for the religious scenes. Recommended for academic and art museum libraries.-Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300102444
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Nuttall is an independent scholar. She teaches at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at other U.K. institutions. She is a specialist on relationships between Netherlandish painting and Italy and has published widely in this area.

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Table of Contents

1 Common ground : Netherlandish ars nova and Florentine Renaissance, 1420-1450 9
2 'Speaking of Flemish things' : Italian perceptions of Netherlandish painting 31
3 The Florentine colony in Bruges 43
4 Florentine patrons in Bruges 53
5 The process of purveying 77
6 Northern artists in Florence 93
7 The medici 105
8 Netherlandish painting in the Florentine ambit 119
9 Mechanics of influence 133
10 Technique and visual effect 161
11 Pictorial conquests 193
12 Devout and beautiful figures 231
App. 1 Netherlandish paintings owned by the Medici 254
App. 2 Netherlandish paintings in Florentine patrician inventories 258
App. 3 Paintings and tapestries recorded in the Pupilli inventories, 1439-1510 261
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