The Great Workshop: Pathways of Art in Europe, 5th to 18th Centuries

The Great Workshop: Pathways of Art in Europe, 5th to 18th Centuries

by Roland Recht, Catheline Perier-D'Ieteren, Pascal Griener, Peter Burke
     
 

An artist's workshop is both a mental and an artistic space in which the artist's idea is carved in marble, laid down in pigments, or engraved in copper. The workshop is also a classroom in which the trade of the painter, sculptor, or cabinetmaker is passed on by example and where companions or apprentices seek to exceed the master. Finally, it is a salon where

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An artist's workshop is both a mental and an artistic space in which the artist's idea is carved in marble, laid down in pigments, or engraved in copper. The workshop is also a classroom in which the trade of the painter, sculptor, or cabinetmaker is passed on by example and where companions or apprentices seek to exceed the master. Finally, it is a salon where reputations are forged, sometimes echoed or even undermined by remarkable imitators or passionate amateurs. Europe itself figures throughout the centuries as a large workshop, or rather like a suite of workshops, each housing artists with specific practices and particular styles, and each creating opportunities for collaboration. Long before its emergence as a political entity, Europe was distinguished by its intense traffic in goods and people. Artists, art-lovers, and rich patrons made arduous journeys not only by road but also by river to far-flung locales as they sought to satisfy their appetite for beauty. This is the world of The Great Workshop, in which the editors develop a number of themes analyzing the circulation of art and the artistic community over a substantial geographic area ranging from Dublin to Palermo, from Cordoba to Stockholm, Rouen to Sofia. Short, focused essays treating the peregrinations of those conducting the business of art are crucial to our understanding of the migration of themes and formal motifs. With its remarkable and often spectacular selections, The Great Workshop illustrates the complex web of European artistic exchange and production. The book contains 250 full-color examples from well over one hundred European collections and essays from distinguished art historians who elucidate a long stretch of art history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the birth of the first great museums of Europe.

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"Published as part of an exhibition held in Brussels in 2007, this beautifully illustrated, oversized volume offers fourteen essays on various aspects of art, its production, and dissemination in Europe until the 18th century. Written by European curators and academics, the essays describe such topics as the collecting and sharing of drawings, the Grand Tour, the legacy of the Carolingian Empire, the impact of classical antiquity, goldsmith workshops, and European sculpture before the Renaissance. Each essay is heavily illustrated with color plates of excellent quality of works from the exhibition. The volume concludes with a catalogue of the works in thumbnail view, with lively entries describing the story of each."—Reference and Research Book News, February 2009

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801447105
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/20/2008
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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