The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art: A Reconsideration of Style

The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art: A Reconsideration of Style

by Hellmut Wohl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521570646

ISBN-13: 9780521570640

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this incisive study, Hellmut Wohl redefines style in the Italian Renaissance in light of contemporary testimony and close rereadings of seminal works. Through analysis of visual and textual evidence, he posits that Renaissance artists and their viewers conceived of art as decoration of surfaces. Offering a new approach to the issue of style, Wohl suggests that

Overview

In this incisive study, Hellmut Wohl redefines style in the Italian Renaissance in light of contemporary testimony and close rereadings of seminal works. Through analysis of visual and textual evidence, he posits that Renaissance artists and their viewers conceived of art as decoration of surfaces. Offering a new approach to the issue of style, Wohl suggests that the scientific dimensions of early modern art works were less important to contemporaries than their function as ornamentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521570640
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Style; 2. Ornato; 3. Rilievo; 4. The ornate Classical style; 5. Materials; 6. Ornament; 7. Transformations.

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