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The Painter's Practice in Renaissance Tuscany

The Painter's Practice in Renaissance Tuscany

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  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2007
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521555630

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  • This unique and fully illustrated study of the painter's practice in Renaissance Tuscany focuses on paintings not only as art but also as products of a process of manufacture. Anabel Thomas presents a complete picture of the commissioning, production and marketing of paintings, examining such aspects as the way in which the painter and his business functioned from day to day, how the subjects and their style were decided, the constraints on cost and design, and the division of labour within and between workshops. Her study is based on material which has hitherto not been generally accessible, and draws in particular on the detailed workshop account book of the painter Neri di Bicci, little known now but highly regarded at the time, much of whose work survives and is closely documented. The result is a new perspective on the construction of Italian Renaissance art.

    • First detailed study in English of the painter's workshop practice in Renaissance Italy
    • Draws on original research, with much previously inaccessible material
    • Large corpus of illustrations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521555630
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 277 x 220 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.565kg
    • contains: 97 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2007
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Renaissance art market
    2. The Renaissance city
    3. Setting up the business
    4. Getting business
    5. Doing business
    6. Production of the merchandise: practical matters
    7. Completion of the merchandise: payment
    8. Completion of the merchandise: delivery
    9. The workshop as a business enterprise
    10. The workshop and stylistic development
    11. The patron and conoisseurship
    12. Epilogue: the painter's practice - new perspectives on Neri di Bicci.

  • Author

    Anabel Thomas, The Open University, Milton Keynes

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