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The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art

The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art
A Reconsideration of Style

  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521570640


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  • In this incisive study, Hellmut Wohl redefines style in the Italian Renaissance in light of contemporary testimony and close rereadings of seminal works. Through analysis of visual and textual evidence, he posits that Renaissance artists and their viewers conceived of art as decoration of surfaces. Offering a new approach to the issue of style, Wohl suggests that the scientific dimensions of early modern art works were less important to contemporaries than their function as ornamentation.

    • A new approach to defining style in Italian Renaissance art
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    "A provocative and rewarding book." Choice

    "Wohl's interpretation finds support in contemporary descriptions, the revival of clasical rhetoric and its preference for ornamentation, and in an examinaton of the totality of Renaissance art to include stained glass, tapestry, intarsie, stuccos, tile work, and mosaic - visual genre too often ignored in the past. Throughout, the text presents a methodically constructed effort to refocus our visual evaluation of the varied arts of the Renaissance and to encourage us to see the works from the actual standpoint of those for whom it was intended...for those interested in seeing th totality of the Renaissance vision, The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art is well worth the effort. The endnotes are substantial and, often, quite illuminating, and the bibliography offers evidence of the author's wide-ranging and thorough knowledge of the pertinent literature from the familiar to the more obscure." Renaissance Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521570640
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 184 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.23kg
    • contains: 54 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Style
    2. Ornato
    3. Rilievo
    4. The ornate Classical style
    5. Materials
    6. Ornament
    7. Transformations.

  • Author

    Hellmut Wohl, Boston University

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