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Combining research and ideas from the histories of art, medicine, and natural philosophy, this book demonstrates the significance of "lifelikeness" in Renaissance art and considers the implications of claims that a work of art is "a living thing." Critical language describing such works became codified. This period also witnessed the advent of early modern medicine and anatomical science. Sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance artists rendered images in painting and sculpture that are so higholy mimetic as to be nearly lifelike.Read more
- Inter-disciplinary study of 'lifelikeness' at period of history where artistic technique and medical knowledge influenced one another
- Redefines terms and phrases typically dismissed as clichés
- Puts images and criticism in context rather than treating it as separate and distinct from cultural context
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'… fascinating … The book is full of interesting insights, often into previously obscure matters. … The book is beautifully presented …'. The Art Book
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- Date Published: April 2005
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521821599
- length: 292 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 180 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.81kg
- contains: 63 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2017
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The topos of lifelikeness
2. The analogical relationship of art and life: concepts and language
3. (Dis)Assembling: Michelangelo and Marsyas
4. Mona Lisa's 'beating pulse'
5. Nosce te ipsum: Narcissus, mirrors, and monsters
6. The lifeless and the (re)animation of the lifelike
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