The Craft of Art: Originality and Industry in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque Workshop

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In this collection of nine essays some of the preeminent art historians in the United States consider the relationship between art and craft, between the creative idea and its realization, in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. The essays, all previously unpublished, are devoted to the pictorial arts and are accompanied by nearly 150 illustrations. Examining works by such artists as Michelangelo, Titian, Volterrano, Giovanni di Paolo, and Annibale Carracci (along with aspects of the artists' creative processes, work ...

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Overview

In this collection of nine essays some of the preeminent art historians in the United States consider the relationship between art and craft, between the creative idea and its realization, in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. The essays, all previously unpublished, are devoted to the pictorial arts and are accompanied by nearly 150 illustrations. Examining works by such artists as Michelangelo, Titian, Volterrano, Giovanni di Paolo, and Annibale Carracci (along with aspects of the artists' creative processes, work habits, and aesthetic convictions), the essayists explore the ways in which art was conceived and produced at a time when collaboration with pupils, assistants, or independent masters was an accepted part of the artistic process.

The consensus of the contributors amounts to a revision, or at least a qualification, of Bernard Berenson's interpretation of the emergent Renaissance ideal of individual "genius" as a measure of original artistic achievement: we must accord greater influence to the collaborative, appropriative conventions and practices of the craft workshop, which persisted into and beyond the Renaissance from its origins in the Middle Ages. Consequently, we must acknowledge the sometimes rather ordinary beginnings of some of the world's great works of art—an admission, say the contributors, that will open new avenues of study and enhance our understanding of the complex connections between invention and execution.

With one exception, these essays were delivered as lectures in conjunction with the exhibition The Artists and Artisans of Florence: Works from the Horne Museum hosted by the Georgia Museum of Art in the fall of 1992.

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Nine essays originally presented at a symposium held in conjunction with an exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art in the Fall of 1992. The essays, all previously unpublished, are devoted to the pictorial arts and are accompanied by 146 b&w figures (no plates). Examining works by such artists as Michelangelo, Titian, Volterrano Giovanni de Paolo, and Annibale Carracci, the essayists explore the ways in which art was conceived and produced at a time when collaboration with pupils, assistants, or independent masters was an accepted part of the artistic process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820316482
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Ladis (1949–2007) was the Franklin Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art and a specialist on early Italian painting. Carolyn Wood is the university educator at the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, and a specialist on seventeenth-century Italian painting. William U. Eiland is the director of the Georgia Museum of Art.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Artist's Hand 5
The Craftsman's Genius: Painters, Patrons, and Drawings in Trecento Siena 25
Sources and Resources: The Lost Sketchbooks of Giovanni di Paolo 48
Titian and the Idea of Originality in the Renaissance 86
Instruction and Originality in Michelangelo's Drawings 113
The Earliest Collaborations of Pontormo and Bronzino: The Certosa, the Capponi Chapel, and the Dead Christ with the Virgin and Magdalen 134
Drawings as Means to an End: Preparatory Methods in the Carracci School 165
De Rossi and Falda: A Successful Collaboration in the Print Industry of Seventeenth-Century Rome 187
Volterrano and the Role of Imitatio in the Seventeenth-Century Practice of Art in Florence 204
List of Contributors 235
Index 237
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