The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist

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Overview

Regarded as artisans and craftsmen in the early fifteenth century, painters and sculptors acquired new status as "artists" within little more than a hundred years. Francis Ames-Lewis explores how Mantegna, da Vinci, Raphael, D&uurml;rer, and others gained intellectual respect and artistic autonomy from enlightened patrons by promoting the idea of the artist as a creative genius with a distinct identity and individuality.

Author Biography: Francis Ames-Lewis is professor of history of Renaissance art at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Drawing in Early Renaissance Italy, available in paperback from Yale University Press.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
A treasure trove of information.
Evelyn Welch
Beautifully produced, in a blissfully manageable format ... Professor Ames-Lewis has reopened an area that other scholars have shield away from for many years.
Art Newspaper
Gabriele Neher
The main merit of this book lies undoubtedly in its inclusiveness. This makes it a valuable resource for students who want to gain an oversight and who want to familiarize themselves with the debates on this topic. Ames-Lewis has here provided a compendium that will serve as a valuable starting point for further engagement.
Art Book
Gabriele Neher
The main merit of this book lies undoubtedly in its inclusiveness. This makes it a valuable resource for students who want to gain an oversight and who want to familiarize themselves with the debates on this topic. Ames-Lewis has here provided a compendium that will serve as a valuable starting point for further engagement.
Art Book
James Hall
[An] elegant book. . . . Ames-Lewis has written an excellent introduction to an important subject.
Independent
James Hall
[An] elegant book... . Ames-Lewis has written an excellent introduction to an important subject.
Independent
Joseph Rykwert
Ames-Lewis provides an excellent guide to the ingenious and sometimes elaborate attempts by artists to raise their social profile, and so guarantee acceptance as courtiers and gentlefolk.
Times Literary Supplement
Joseph Rykwert
Ames-Lewis provides an excellent guide to the ingenious and sometimes elaborate attempts by artists to raise their social profile,and so guarantee acceptance as courtiers and gentlefolk.
Times Literary Supplement
Marilyn A. Lavin
[A]n amazing compendium of information. . . What is impressive is the myriad aperçus Ames-Lewis has amassed.
Marilyn A. Lavin
[A]n amazing compendium of information... What is impressive is the myriad aperçus Ames-Lewis has amassed.
CAA Reviews
Michael Hall
Opens our eyes, in an exciting and perceptive way, to many neglected aspects of the art of early Renaissance Europe and the lives of the men who made it.
Country Life
Michael Hall
Opens our eyes,in an exciting and perceptive way,to many neglected aspects of the art of early Renaissance Europe and the lives of the men who made it.
Country Life
Paul Raynes
The 150 illustrations deserve special praise for stinting on the familiar in favor of unusual and interesting works that make strong points about the social meaning of art.
Literary Review
Paul Raynes
The 150 illustrations deserve special praise for stinting on the familiar in favor of unusual and interesting works that make strong points about the social meaning of art.
Literary Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300092950
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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