A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art, 1st Edition

  • Babette Bohn
  • James M. Saslow
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  • ISBN-10: 1118391500
  • ISBN-13: 9781118391501
  • DDC: 709.02
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 648 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Through the masterpieces produced by artists ranging from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer, Europe's Renaissance and Baroque period grew into one of the most creative times in world history. A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art presents a comprehensive collection of interdisciplinary essays that address major aspects of European visual arts produced from approximately 1300 to 1700, a period of artistic flourishing that many consider the beginning of modern history. These essays, however, transcend the traditional period labels of Renaissance and Baroque by addressing works from Duccio and Chaucer to Velazquez and Newton as a single continuum, inclusive in terms of both disciplinary and geographical boundaries, as an era best characterized as early modern. Featuring original contributions by an international roster of scholars from various disciplines, writings are grouped by concept in five sections that spotlight the varied components and processes that constitute the world of the visual arts and the variety of interpretive methods and ideas that can be, and have been, brought to bear on art objects. Essays explore how art interacts with the cultural paradigms of this explosive time: the interface between art and religion, art and science, and gender and sexuality to name a few. Combining an unprecedented breadth of coverage and depth of scholarship with lucid and accessible writing, A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art represents the most comprehensive reference on the study of Renaissance and Baroque visual arts available today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Context: Social-Historical Factors in Artistic Production.
2: A Taxonomy of Art Patronage in Renaissance Italy.
3: Judaism and the Arts in Early Modern Europe: Jewish and Christian Encounters.
4: Religion, Politics, and Art in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
5: Europe's Global Vision.
6: Italian Art and the North: Exchanges, Critical Reception, and Identity, 1400–1700.
7: The Desiring Eye: Gender, Sexuality, and the Visual Arts.
8: The Artist: Creative Process and Social Status.
9: The Artist as Genius.
10: Drawing in Renaissance Italy.
11: Self-Portraiture 1400–1700.
12: Recasting the Role of the Italian Sculptor: Sculptors, Patrons, Materials, and Principles for the New Early Modern Age.
13: From Oxymoron to Virile Paintbrush: Women Artists in Early Modern Europe.
14: The Object Art as Material Culture.
15: The Birth of Mass Media: Printmaking in Early Modern Europe.
16: The Material Culture of Family Life in Italy and Beyond.
17: Tapestry: Luxurious Art, Collaborative Industry.
18: The New Science and the Visual Arts.
19: Seeing through Renaissance and Baroque Paintings: Case Studies.
20: The Message: Subjects and Meanings.
21: Iconography in Renaissance and Baroque Art.
22: Renaissance Landscapes Discovering the World and Human Nature.
23: The Nude Figure in Renaissance Art.
24: Genre Painting in Seventeenth-Century Europe.
25: The Meaning of the European Painted Portrait, 1400–1650.
26: All the World's a Stage: The Theater Conceit in Early Modern Italy.
27: Intensity and Orthodoxy in Iberian and Hispanic Art of the Tridentine Era, 1550–1700.
28: The Viewer, the Critic, and the Historian: Reception and Interpretation as Cultural Discourse.
29: Historians of Northern European Art: From Johann Neudörfer and Karel van Mander to the Rembrandt Research Project.
30: Artistic Biography in Italy: Vasari to Malvasia.
31: With a Critical Eye: Painting and Theory in France, 1600–43 The Case of Simon Vouet and Nicolas Poussin.
32: The Italian Piazza: From Gothic Footnote to Baroque Theater.
33: Building in Theory and Practice: Writing about Architecture in the Renaissance.