The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550

The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550

by David Landau, Peter Parshall
     
 

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In this book, David Landau and Peter Parshall give the most complete account ever written of the ways in which Renaissance prints were produced, distributed, and acquired. Examining documentary evidence and many individual prints, this remarkable book provides an integrated view of the Renaissance print as a social and artistic enterprise and re-evaluates the

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In this book, David Landau and Peter Parshall give the most complete account ever written of the ways in which Renaissance prints were produced, distributed, and acquired. Examining documentary evidence and many individual prints, this remarkable book provides an integrated view of the Renaissance print as a social and artistic enterprise and re-evaluates the achievements of the most influential phase in the history of European printmaking.

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Library Journal
Never before has the Renaissance fine print received the type of multifaceted scrutiny elaborated in this superb synthesis. While focusing on the great prints and printmakers of Italy and Germany, the authors have articulated a consideration that rigorously evokes the various graphic techniques, their stylistic qualities and visual ramifications, and the aesthetic and theoretical context in which the prints were produced. Not only is the proximate setting of the prints' production convincingly educed, but the societal milieu of their dissemination, acquisition, and appreciation are also cogently reconstructed. All this is set within an overview that encompasses the rise, efflorescence, and decline of this new artistic medium. This is a work so rich in information, observation, and insight that no collection seriously concerned with the history of the graphic arts of Renaissance culture may dispense with it.-Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
David Alexander
"An outstanding book, remarkable for its intelligence as well as its mastery of the subject." -- Country Life
David McKitterick
For those who seek to understand more about how prints were made during the Renaissance, the criteria by which they were judged, the purposes for which they were intended, the uses to which they were put and the sheer diversity of their achievements, this daringly conceived and magnificently produced book should stand for many years to come." New York Times Book Review
Stephen Goddard
"Enthusiasts of early prints will delight in the long-anticipated arrival of this penetrating study by two of the most thoughtful champions of the Renaissance print... This text is chock-full of nuggets of information that mavens of print lore wil thrive on... This is a most welcome volume -- it is at once an authoriative reference and refreshing rethinking of the Renaissance print." -- Print Collector's Newsletter
Antony Griffiths
"Landau and Parshall's massive volume is not only the book of the year, but the book of the past decade, indeed perhaps the book of the last century. It is a work of great erudition and energy that gives for the first time a shape to the great epoch of printmaking. It will introduce the field to a wide readership, as well as serving as the point of departure for all future scholarship." The Art Newspaper
David Ekserdjian
"A tour de force... An extremely important book." The Times (London)
Burlington Magazine
"From Berenson to Baxandall in one step."
Katherine A. McIver
"This book is more than a foundation, it is essential reading for the Renaissance scholar and collector alike." Sixteenth Century Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300057393
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/23/1994
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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