Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Living Image in Renaissance Art

The Living Image in Renaissance Art

Out of Print

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

Out of Print
Hardback

Unavailable - out of print June 2017
Unavailable Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… fascinating … The book is full of interesting insights, often into previously obscure matters. … The book is beautifully presented …'. The Art Book

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    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.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×