Sienese Painting: The Art of a City-Republic (World of Art Series)

Sienese Painting: The Art of a City-Republic (World of Art Series)

by Timothy Hyman
     
 
A practicing artist, author, and curator, Timothy Hyman guides us through the golden age of Sienese painting, offering a new perspective on some of the world's most beautiful paintings, including Duccio's Maestà and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's famous Good Government frescoes.A sound understanding of the art and history of the period underpins the author's clearly

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A practicing artist, author, and curator, Timothy Hyman guides us through the golden age of Sienese painting, offering a new perspective on some of the world's most beautiful paintings, including Duccio's Maestà and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's famous Good Government frescoes.A sound understanding of the art and history of the period underpins the author's clearly conveyed love of the works. He takes a broadly chronological approach, with each chapter looking at one particular artist or group of artists from the late thirteenth century to the late fifteenth. Perceptive visual analysis is combined with clear discussion of the social, political, and religious climate of late medieval Italy. The impact of the Black Death on Siena's population and artistic production is discussed along with the profound effect of the Franciscan movement and the cults of local saints such as St. Catherine. Important throughout is Siena's civic self-consciousness, felt in the many cityscapes of Sienese art, from the fortified towns of Simone Martini's Guidorricio da Fogliano to the tiny schematic villages of Giovanni di Paolo's St. John the Baptist cycle. Hyman's enthusiastic tour of Sienese painting looks at its defining characteristics—rich color and spatial inventiveness—and challenges the view that favors Florentine over Sienese art. An epilogue concludes with a look at the continuing renewed interest in Sienese painting and a discussion of its impact on contemporary artists such as R. B. Kitaj. Anyone interested in the art and culture of Italy, including those already familiar with Sienese painting, will find inspiration in this book. 180 illustrations, 80 in color.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500203729
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Series:
World of Art Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,086,144
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.55(d)

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