Early Modern Art Theory. Visual Culture and Ideology, 1400-1700

Early Modern Art Theory. Visual Culture and Ideology, 1400-1700

by James Hutson


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The development of art theory over the course of the Renaissance and Baroque eras is reflected in major stylistic shifts. In order to elucidate the relationship between theory and practice, we must consider the wider connections between art theory, poetic theory, natural philosophy, and related epistemological matrices. Investigating the interdisciplinary reality of framing art-making and interpretation, this treatment rejects the dominant synchronic approach to history and historiography and seeks to present anew a narrative that ties together various formal approaches, focusing on stylistic transformation in particular artist's oeuvres - Michelangelo, Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Guido Reni, Poussin, and others - and the contemporary environments that facilitated them. Through the dual understanding of the art-theoretical concept of the Idea, an evolution will be revealed that illustrates the embittered battles over style and the overarching intellectual shifts in the period between art production and conceptualization based on Aristotelian and Platonic notions of creativity, beauty and the goal of art as an exercise in encapsulating the "divine" truth of nature.

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ISBN-13: 9783954894970
Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2017
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

James Hutson is associate professor of art history at Lindenwood University, St. Charles where he also serves as head of Pre-Art Therapy and Conservation, as well as Director of Study Abroad Italy. He has contributed several articles on Renaissance proportion theory, education of artists in the early modern era and intellectual history of the period.

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