Renaissance Theory

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Renaissance Theory presents an animated conversation among art historians about the optimal ways of conceptualizing Renaissance art, and the links between Renaissance art and contemporary art and theory. This is the first discussion of its kind, involving not only questions within Renaissance scholarship, but issues of concern to art historians and critics in all fields. Organized as a virtual roundtable discussion, the contributors discuss rifts and disagreements about how to understand the Renaissance and ...

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Overview

Renaissance Theory presents an animated conversation among art historians about the optimal ways of conceptualizing Renaissance art, and the links between Renaissance art and contemporary art and theory. This is the first discussion of its kind, involving not only questions within Renaissance scholarship, but issues of concern to art historians and critics in all fields. Organized as a virtual roundtable discussion, the contributors discuss rifts and disagreements about how to understand the Renaissance and debate the principal texts and authors of the last thirty years who have sought to reconceptualize the period. They then turn to the issue of the relation between modern art and the Renaissance: Why do modern art historians and critics so seldom refer to the Renaissance? Is the Renaissance our indispensable heritage, or are we cut off from it by the revolution of modernism?

The volume includes an introduction by Rebecca Zorach and two final, synoptic essays, as well as contributions from some of the most prominent thinkers on Renaissance art including Stephen Campbell, Michael Cole, Frederika Jakobs, Claire Farago, and Matt Kavaler.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415960458
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Series: Art Seminar Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Introduction 1

Renaissance Theory: A Selective Introduction Rebecca Zorach Zorach, Rebecca 3

Sect. 2 Starting Points 37

Introduction to an Abandoned Book James Elkins Elkins, James 39

Vasari's Renaissance and its Renaissance Alternatives Stephen J. Campbell Campbell, Stephen J. 47

The Concept of the Renaissance Today: What is at Stake? Claire Farago Farago, Claire 69

Rethinking the Divide: Cult Images and the Cult of Images Fredrika Jacobs Jacobs, Fredrika 95

Gothic as Renaissance: Ornament, Excess, and Identity, Circa 1500 Ethan Matt Kavaler Kavaler, Ethan Matt 115

Italian Renaissance Art and the Systematicity of Representation Robert Williams Williams, Robert 159

Sect. 3 The Art Seminar 185

Participants: Stephen J. Campbell, Michael Cole, James Elkins, Claire Farago, Fredrika Jacobs, Ethan Matt Kavaler, Robert Williams

Sect. 4 Assessments 277

Jan von Bonsdorff 278

Una Roman D'Elia 286

Lisa Pon 290

Charlotte M. Houghton 295

Lubomir Konecny 304

Ingrid Ciulisova 309

Frederic Elsig 313

Jeanette Favrot Peterson 321

Thomas Puttfarken 333

Patricia Emison 342

Joanna Woods-Marsden 342

Maria Ruvoldt 360

Marzia Faietti 376

Caroline van Eck 385

Robert Zwijnenberg 394

Elizabeth Alice Honig 410

Alice Jarrard 423

Pamela H. Smith 427

Adrian W. B. Randolph 446

Sect. 5 Afterwords 487

Renaissance Theory? Alessandro Nova Nova, Alessandro 489

Hugging the Shore James Elkins Elkins, James Robert Willams Willams, Robert 501

Index 531

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