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The Living Image in Renaissance Art

The Living Image in Renaissance Art

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  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821599

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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.

    • 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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    Product details

    • 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
    7. Postscript.

  • Author

    Fredrika H. Jacobs, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Fredrika H. Jacobs is professor of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University. A scholar of Italian Renaissance art, she is the author of Defining the Renaissance: Virtuosa Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism.

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