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Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico: The Casa de Montejo

Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico: The Casa de Montejo

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C. Cody Barteet
February 01, 2019

This book investigates the role of the architectural façade as an indicator of individual and communal cultural identities, focusing on a residence of a conquistador rather than religious and monarchial structures. Cody Barteet analyzes the Casa de Montejo within the visual culture that it belongs,...

Women, Patronage, and Salvation in Renaissance Florence: Lucrezia Tornabuoni and the Chapel of the Medici Palace

Women, Patronage, and Salvation in Renaissance Florence: Lucrezia Tornabuoni and the Chapel of the Medici Palace

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Stefanie Solum
September 30, 2018

Long obfuscated by modern definitions of historical evidence and art patronage, Lucrezia Tornabuoni de’ Medici’s impact on the visual world of her time comes to light in this book, the first full-length scholarly argument for a lay woman’s contributions to the visual arts of fifteenth-century...

Art and Reform in the Late Renaissance: After Trent

Art and Reform in the Late Renaissance: After Trent

Jesse M. Locker
August 14, 2018

Drawing on recent research by established and emerging scholars of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art, this volume reconsiders the art and architecture produced after 1563 across the conventional geographic borders. Rather than considering this period a degraded afterword to Renaissance...

Old Women and Art in the Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior

Old Women and Art in the Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior

Erin J. Campbell
April 25, 2018

Though portraits of old women mediate cultural preoccupations just as effectively as those of younger women, the scant published research on images of older women belies their significance within early modern Italy. This study examines the remarkable flowering, largely overlooked in portraiture...

Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (15th-17th century)

Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (15th-17th century)

Sara F. Matthews-Grieco
April 25, 2018

In Renaissance and early modern Europe, various constellations of phenomena-ranging from sex scandals to legal debates to flurries of satirical prints-collectively demonstrate, at different times and places, an increased concern with cuckoldry, impotence and adultery. This concern emerges in...

Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany

Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany

Jeffrey Chipps Smith
February 06, 2018

During the early modern period, visual imagery was put to ever new uses as many disciplines adopted visual criteria for testing truth claims, representing knowledge, or conveying information. Religious propagandists, political writers, satirists, cartographers, the scientific community, and others...

Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy: The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration

Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy: The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration

Minou Schraven
February 05, 2018

Celebrated at the heart of a notoriously unstable period, the Vacant See, papal funerals in early modern Rome easily fell prey to ceremonial chaos and disorder. Charged with maintaining decorum, papal Masters of Ceremonies supervised all aspects of the funeral, from the correct handling of the...

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

Angeliki Pollali, Berthold Hub
December 13, 2017

Studies on gender and sexuality have proliferated in the last decades, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines. This collection of essays offers a metanarrative of sexuality as it has been recently embedded in the art historical discourse of the European Renaissance. It revisits ‘canonical’ forms...

The 'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands

The 'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands

Alexandra Onuf
December 04, 2017

In 1559 and 1561, the Antwerp print publisher Hieronymus Cock issued an unprecedented series of landscape prints known today simply as the Small Landscapes. The forty-four prints included in the series offer views of the local countryside surrounding Antwerp in simple, unembellished compositions....

The Spiritual Rococo: Decor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia

The Spiritual Rococo: Decor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia

Gauvin Alexander Bailey
November 30, 2017

A groundbreaking approach to Rococo religious décor and spirituality in Europe and South America, The Spiritual Rococo addresses three basic conundrums that impede our understanding of eighteenth-century aesthetics and culture. Why did the Rococo, ostensibly the least spiritual style in the...

The Spectacle of Clouds, 1439–1650: Italian Art and Theatre

The Spectacle of Clouds, 1439–1650: Italian Art and Theatre

Alessandra Buccheri
October 12, 2017

The studies in which history of art and theatre are considered together are few, and none to date investigate the evolution of the representation of clouds from the early Renaissance to the Baroque period. This book reconsiders the origin of Italian Renaissance and Baroque cloud compositions while...

Thresholds and Boundaries: Liminality in Netherlandish Art (1385-1530)

Thresholds and Boundaries: Liminality in Netherlandish Art (1385-1530)

Lynn F. Jacobs
October 02, 2017

Although liminality has been studied by scholars of medieval and seventeenth-century art, the role of the threshold motif in Netherlandish art of the late fourteenth, fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries -- this late medieval/early ‘early modern’ period -- has been much less fully investigated....

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