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Modernism and the Mediterranean: The Maeght Foundation

Modernism and the Mediterranean: The Maeght Foundation

1st Edition

Jan K. Birksted
February 27, 2017

Situated in a Mediterranean landscape, the Maeght Foundation is a unique Modernist museum, product of an extraordinary collaboration between the architect, José Luis Sert, and the artists whose work was to be displayed there. The architecture, garden design and art offer a rare opportunity to see...

The Beholder: The Experience of Art in Early Modern Europe

The Beholder: The Experience of Art in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Thomas Frangenberg, Robert Williams
November 11, 2016

One of the most significant developments in the study of works of art over the past generation has been a shift in focus from the works themselves to the viewer's experience of them and the relation of that experience both to the works in question and to other aspects of cultural life. The ten...

The Art of Religion: Sforza Pallavicino and Art Theory in Bernini's Rome

The Art of Religion: Sforza Pallavicino and Art Theory in Bernini's Rome

1st Edition

Maarten Delbeke
November 11, 2016

Bernini and Pallavicino, the artist and the Jesuit cardinal, are closely related figures at the papal courts of Urban VIII and Alexander VII, at which Bernini was the principal artist. The analysis of Pallavicino's writings offers a new perspective on Bernini's art and artistry and allow us to...

The Look of Van Dyck: The Self-Portrait with a Sunflower and the Vision of the Painter

The Look of Van Dyck: The Self-Portrait with a Sunflower and the Vision of the Painter

1st Edition

John Peacock
September 23, 2016

Based on a close study of Van Dyck's Self-portrait with a Sunflower, this book examines the picture's context in the symbolic discourses of the period and in the artist's oeuvre. The portrait is interpreted as a programmatic statement, made in the ambience of the Caroline court after Van Dyck's...

Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism

Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism

1st Edition

Cordula Grewe
October 21, 2009

After a century of Rationalist scepticism and political upheaval, the nineteenth century awakened to a fierce battle between the forces of secularization and the crusaders of a Christian revival. From this battlefield arose an art movement that would become the torchbearer of a new religious art:...

At the Edges of Vision: A Phenomenological Aesthetics of Contemporary Spectatorship

At the Edges of Vision: A Phenomenological Aesthetics of Contemporary Spectatorship

1st Edition

Renée van de Vall
September 15, 2008

In At the Edges of Vision, Renée van de Vall re-examines the aesthetics of spectatorship in terms of new-media art and visual culture. The aesthetic experience of visual art has traditionally been described in terms of the distanced contemplation and critical interpretation of the work's form and...

Presence: The Inherence of the Prototype within Images and Other Objects

Presence: The Inherence of the Prototype within Images and Other Objects

1st Edition

Robert Maniura, Rupert Shepherd
March 23, 2006

In about 25 BC tribesmen of the kingdom of Meroe placed a bronze head of Augustus, cut from a full-length statue, beneath the steps of a temple of victory: the decapitated head of the Emperor was thus regularly trampled underfoot. Two millennia later, during the second Gulf War, Iraqis 'insulted' a...

Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End Time

Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End Time

1st Edition

Sara Nair James
December 04, 2003

Built in 1290, the cathedral at Orvieto, Italy, is a masterpiece of Italian gothic architecture. The decoration of the Cappella Nuova, commenced by Fra Angelico in 1447 and magnificently completed by Luca Signorelli in 1499 and 1504, displays an awe-inspiring Last Judgement and Apocalypse and,...

Sacred Traces: British Explorations of Buddhism in South Asia

Sacred Traces: British Explorations of Buddhism in South Asia

1st Edition

Janice Leoshko
February 28, 2003

In his novel Kim, in which a Tibetan pilgrim seeks to visit important Buddhist sites in India, Rudyard Kipling reveals the nineteenth-century fascination with the discovery of the importance of Buddhism in India's past. Janice Leoshko, a scholar of South Asian Buddhist art uses Kipling's account...

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