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Snyder's classic survey provides an authoritative and absorbing assessment of Northern achievements, ranging from Bohemian court art under Charles IV in Prague in the 1350s to the open sale of pictures as commodities on Antwerp's art market in the 1560s. In rich detail and with utter clarity, this book tells the stories of the artists and the patrons who created this extraordinary flowering of art.

Now sumptuously illustrated in fill color throughout, this new second edition has been carefully revised and updated by Larry Silver, Professor of Art History at University of Pennsylvania and Henry Luttikhuizen, Professor of Art History at Calvin College. Highlights of this second edition include a reorganization of the chapters around centers of production, expanded coverage of the sixteenth century, including the addition of more sculpture and tapestries, and a stronger focus on the careers of major artists. Silver and Luttikhuizen have placed greater emphasis on the reception of Northern Renaissance Art and consequently the new edition features a much stronger consideration of social function arid cultural context.

Almost 680 illustrations, more than 250 in full color, are each keyed to the text, providing superb visual documentation. The book also includes notes to the text, maps, a timetable of the major artistic; political, religious, and scientific achievements of the period, a genealogy of the house of Valois, and a freshly updated bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131830615
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 1/28/1985
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 12.56 (h) x 1.52 (d)

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In many respects the text before you is an act of homage, a tribute to how well James Snyder's original text, now two decades old, has held up since it was written. At the same time, however, items and images have been added to introduce students to material that has attracted scholarly attention in the intervening years. A new design and expanded color have enhanced both the value of Snyder's analyses and the results of more recent scholarship. The text has been trimmed in places where Snyder was perhaps over-dependent on a few older scholars (e.g. Fraenger on Bosch, Tolnay on Bruegel), whose views are no longer held to be either essential or well-founded. Where Snyder used his own scholarship and his keen interests, particularly in Netherlandish painting, Dutch painting in particular, his insights remain lasting and fundamental, as valid as ever for today's students.

James Snyder also had his biases, and they sometimes made his book unbalanced. His preoccupation with the chronology of Jan van Eyck has been tempered and his apologetic comparisons of Northern art to the prevailing canon of the Italian Renaissance toned down. Relatively thin sections on Germany have been expanded to restore balance. More attention has also been paid to manuscript traditions in France, Flanders, and Snyder's beloved Holland. His discussion of sculpture and tapestry has been expanded to highlight historical developments in those media. In addition, his treatment of sculpture and prints has been reorganized. Whereas he confined sculpture and prints to their own separate chapters, in this edition they have been unified to unveil the accomplishments of those more versatile artists who worked across media, such as Schongauer (engravings and paintings) and Pacher (sculpture and paintings). Another result of this reunification of parts means that Snyder's own fundamental insights into Dutch printmaking and printed book illustrations can now be seen together with the paintings that he did so much to elucidate.

The revised text has also been arranged according to centers, except for a few chapters that focus on single artists. In fact, Snyder's original idea of starting with Bohemia sets the tone for the future considerations of place that follow, including chapters on regions as well as cities (Ghent, Bruges, Augsburg, and Basel), which form the main topics of organization for the artists and their works.

In editing and revising this text, our hope has been to update (especially in the notes and bibliography) and to clarify the valuable, evergreen textbook of James Snyder from 1985. Attentive comparison will chiefly reveal integration of media within reorganization by centers of art production, while still capturing Snyder's excitement for the period and its artists. We offer it anew to the current generation of students.

In closing, the authors would like to acknowledge the meticulous assistance of their students, Freyda Spira, Rebecca Merz, and David Malda, and the job-like patience of both their venerated teachers and long-suffering family members.

Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania Henry Luttikhuizen, Calvin College

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 7
Maps 9
Part 1 The International Style
I. The Backgrounds 15
II. Bohemia 23
III. The Valois Courts 41
Charles V and Paris 41
John of Berry 52
Philip the Bold of Burgundy 64
IV. The Rhenish-Mosan Crescent 74
Part 2 Painting, Graphics, and Sculpture in the Netherlands, Germany, and France from 1425 to 1500
V. Jan van Eyck 88
VI. Robert Campin and Rogier van der Weyden 119
VII. The Northerners 140
VIII. Two Mystics 169
IX. The Late Gothic Dream 182
X. Gardens of Heaven and Hell in the Art of Bosch 195
XI. Diversity Along the Rhine 218
XII. The Impact of Netherlandish Art on German Painting of the Later Fifteenth Century 227
XIII. Painting in France During the Second Half of the Fifteenth Century 239
XIV. Graphic Arts Before 1500 266
XV. Developments in Sculpture in the Fifteenth Century 293
Part 3 The Renaissance in Germany, the Netherlands, and France from 1500 to 1575
XVI. Albrecht Durer and the Renaissance in Germany 316
XVII. The Isenheim Altarpiece and Matthias Grunewald 348
XVIII. Danube Landscapes and Witches: Albrecht Altdorfer and Hans Baldung Grien 357
XIX. Lucas Cranach the Elder: The Conflicts of Humanism and the Reformation 370
XX. Hans Holbein the Younger and the Renaissance Portrait 385
XXI. Antwerp: Quentin Metsys, Joachim Patinir, and Joos van Cleve 399
XXII. Two Currents in Later South Netherlandish Painting: The "Romanists" and the "Specialists" 419
XXIII. Holland: Amsterdam, Delft, and Haarlem 446
XXIV. Lucas van Leyden 455
XXV. Jan van Scorel, Maerten van Heemskerck, and Antonis Mor 467
XXVI. The Theatrum orbis terrarum of Pieter Bruegel the Elder 484
XXVII. Fontainebleau and the Court Style in France 511
Notes 524
Select Bibliography 534
Genealogy of the House of Valois 538
Timetable of the Arts, History, and Science 1300-1575 538
Index 546
Photographic Credits 560
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