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Raphael and the Redefinition of Art in Renaissance Italy


  • Date Published: May 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107131507

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  • Raphael was one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most important and influential in the entire history of art. His practice of 'synthetic' or 'critical' imitation became a model of creative method; his engagement with the principle of decorum revealed its deeper expressive and philosophical significance and the operation of his workshop helped to redefine the nature of the work that artists do. Robert Williams draws upon the history of literature, philosophy, and religion, as well as upon economic history, to support his detailed and illuminating accounts of Raphael's major works. His analyses serve as the foundation for a set of hypotheses about the aims and aspirations of Italian Renaissance art in general and the nature of art-historical inquiry.

    • Provides a new account of Raphael's artistic achievements, highlighting his importance and showing how he transformed ideas of what art is
    • Re-assesses the essential motives at work in the development of Italian Renaissance art and its relation to artistic modernism
    • Makes use of a richly interdisciplinary approach while maintaining its focus on the development of a specifically art-historical understanding
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    '… Williams's book is both monumental and important … [his] account of Raphael is stimulating and challenging … this is an important volume and one that will make Williams's voice heard for generations to come.' Christopher J. Nygren, Contemporaneity

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107131507
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 223 x 18 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • contains: 111 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    1. Universa pingendi ratio
    2. The systematicity of representation
    3. The rationalization of labor.

  • Author

    Robert Williams, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Robert Williams is Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. at Princeton, under the supervision of John Shearman and is the author of Art, Theory, and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Italy: From Techne to Metatechne (Cambridge, 1997) and Art Theory: An Historical Introduction (2003) which has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Among his recent publications is Michael Baxandall, Vision, and the Work of Words (2015), co-edited with Peter Mack of the University of Warwick.

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