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A Discerning Eye: Essays on Early Italian Painting
     

A Discerning Eye: Essays on Early Italian Painting

by Andrew Ladis (Editor), Craig Hugh Smyth
 
A Discerning Eye is an anthology of some of the finest and most lasting essays by a great critic-historian of Early Italian painting, Richard Offner. Its contents span the Florentine fourteenth century and thus compose a kind of portrait album of some of its most notable painters between the Gothic and Renaissance eras, from the Magdalen Master in the thirteenth

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A Discerning Eye is an anthology of some of the finest and most lasting essays by a great critic-historian of Early Italian painting, Richard Offner. Its contents span the Florentine fourteenth century and thus compose a kind of portrait album of some of its most notable painters between the Gothic and Renaissance eras, from the Magdalen Master in the thirteenth century to Masaccio in the early fifteenth. Each essay contains insights that are as incisive, fresh, and evocative today as when they were first written. The essays are illustrated using Offner's original photographs supplemented by new or additional photographs when dictated by the material or when the reader might be better helped to see the relationship between Offner's analytical prose and a given image.

This book reintroduces Offner and places him in the wider context of art-historical writing to reassess his work and underscore what his writings have to offer art historians working today. Three interpretive essays approach Offner from distinct but complementary perspectives: historiographical, philosophical, and biographical. Reassessments of such figures as Erwin Panofsky and Millard Meiss aid the ongoing debate about what art history is and how it ought to be practiced. The reader is asked to reconsider not merely the value but also the philosophical foundation of connoisseurship as a method investigation and its compatibility with other methods.

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Booknews
Three essays introduce Offner (1889-1965), "remembered chiefly as the twentieth century's most discriminating connoisseur of early Italian painting..."--(from the opening essay by editor Ladis)--and discuss the philosophical foundations of connoisseurship as well as its compatibility with and value for other methods of investigation. Following are 14 essays by Offner offering detailed investigation of the most notable paintings done between the Gothic and Renaissance eras. The illustrations consist of Offner's original b&w photographs and some additional photos (also b&w). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271017471
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Andrew Ladis Franklin Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia. He has been Dorothy K. Hohenberg Professor of Excellence, University of Memphis, and Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti.

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