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The Italian Renaissance and Cultural Memory


  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005266

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  • Why did Renaissance art come to matter so much, so widely, and for so long? Patricia Emison's answer draws on a recalibrated view of the long Renaissance – from 1300 to 1600 – synthesizing the considerable evolution in our understanding of the epoch since the foundational nineteenth-century studies of Jacob Burckhardt and Heinrich Wölfflin. Demonstrating that the imitation of nature and of antiquity must no longer define its limits, she exposes the self-consciously modern aspect of Renaissance style. She sets the art against the literary and political interests of time and analyzes works of both very familiar artists – Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael – and lesser-known figures, such as Cima da Conegliano and Federico Barocci, as well as various printmakers. Succinct yet expansive, this treatment of the period also explores its layered significance for subsequent generations, from the Old Masters to the Post-Modernists.

    • Designed to help someone new to the period understand the Renaissance quite quickly, or to help someone already familiar with the period to take a broad overview
    • Geographically and chronologically wide-ranging but concise
    • Integrates the history of prints, not just as an accessory but as a fundamental part of the art of the period
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005266
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 259 x 185 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 72 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A historiographical overview
    3. Not only rebirth
    4. Truth and likeness
    5. Visualizing ideas
    6. Why did the high Renaissance happen?
    7. Revolutionary norms of beauty
    8. 'Genius'
    9. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Patricia Emison, University of New Hampshire
    Patricia Emison is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of several books, including Creating the 'Divine' Artist: From Dante to Michelangelo, The Shaping of Art History: Meditations on a Discipline, The Simple Art: Printed Works on Paper in an Age of Magnificence, Low and High Style in Italian Renaissance Art, and The Art of Teaching: Sixteenth-Century Allegorical Prints and Drawings.

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