The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art

The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art

by Bruce Cole

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ISBN-13: 9781532659287
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2018
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 1,223,534
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bruce Cole was Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts, Professor of Comparative Literature, and chairman of the Department of the History of Art at Indiana University. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he studied at the Western Reserve University, Oberlin College, and Bryn Mawr College, where he received a PhD. He wrote widely on Italian Renaissance art, and his many books include The Renaissance Artist at Work; Italian Art, 1250-1550; and, most recently, Titian and Venetian Painting, 1450-1590.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
List of Illustrationsix
Introduction3
1The Ruler as God: The Triad of Mycerinus5
2Form and Function: The Euphronios Crater12
3The Birth of Western Art: Three Greek Statues17
4Art in the Service of Power: The Augustus of Prima Porta23
5A Home for the Gods: The Pantheon29
6The Reuse of Symbols: The Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus36
7Icons of Power: The San Vitale Mosaics41
8Inventing Western Drama: Giotto: The Lamentation48
9The Style of Heaven: Duccio: The Maesta54
10The Transmigration of Meaning: Donatello: Judith and Holofernes61
11Printed Images: Durer: Knight, Death, and the Devil67
12Leonardo and Tradition: The Last Supper73
13Michelangelo's Pietas80
14A Late Work by an Ancient Master: Titian: The Flaying of Marsyas89
15The Clash of Cultures: El Greco's Burial of the Lord of Orgaz96
16The Making of Cellini's Persus104
17Reality Rearranged: Caravaggio: The Contarelli Chaped113
18The Dwarfs of the King's Painter: Velazquez121
19Art Without Boundaries: Bernini's Saint Teresa129
20Depicting Divine Right: Van Dyck: Charles I on Horseback137
21The Painter as Prince: A Self-Portrait by Rembrandt143
22Chardin's Living Still-Lifes149
23Images of Sacrifice: David's Death of Marat154
24The Horrors of War: Goya's The Third of May 1808161
25Space and Color as Emotion: Van Gogh's Night Cafe167
26The Devolution of Heroism: Rodin and the Burghers of Calais174
27The Birth of Modern Architecture: The Wainwright and Carson Pirie Scott Buildings182
28Picasso: Innovation Within Tradition: The Studio191
29Transcendental Pictures: Three Photographs by Dorothea Lange197
30The Twentieth-century Artist: Jackson Pollock's Lavender Mist204
31The Elevation of the Ordinary: Hopper's Hotel Lobby211
32Rethinking Sculpture: David Smith's Cubis217
Epilogue223
Suggested Reading227
Illustration Credits and Permissions229
Index233

What People are Saying About This

Paul Barolsky

Exemplary...a judicious, beautifully wrought overview of the Western tradition in art.
— University of Virginia

Andrew Ladis

A gem...the most useful book of its kind!
— Franklin Professor of Art History, University of Georgia

Douglas Lewis

Superior and triumphant...The Informed Eye should be persuasively employed as a manual for the importance of the visual arts in the Western tradition.
— Curator of Sculpture, National Gallery of Art

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