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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 June 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821599

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  • Since classical antiquity, artists have rendered images in painting and sculpture that are so highly mimetic as to be nearly lifelike. Within this long history of strikingly lifelike images, works produced during the Italian renaissance are of special interest. During the sixteenth century, the critical language describing such works of art was codified. This same period witnessed the advent of early modern medicine and anatomical science. As art critics and theorists discussed the vivid immediacy and illusionist potency of art works in terms of aliveness, physicians such as Andreas Vasalius and Realdo Columbo investigated aliveness as a physiological condition of being, and particularly the nature of the soul. Bringing together a wealth of research and ideas from the histories of art, medicine, and natural philosophy, this book demonstrates the significance of lifelikeness for contemporaries and also considers the implications of claims that artwork is 'a living thing.'

    • 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 June 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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