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Mannerism, Spirituality and Cognition: The Art Of Enargeia

Mannerism, Spirituality and Cognition: The Art Of Enargeia

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Lynette M. F. Bosch
February 13, 2020

This book employs a new approach to the art of sixteenth-century Europe by incorporating rhetoric and theory to enable a reinterpretation of the origin of Mannerism as being grounded in sixteenth-century spirituality.  Lynette Bosch examines the conceptual vocabulary found in sixteenth-century...

Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe: Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany

Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe: Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany

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Adelina Modesti
December 20, 2019

This book examines the socio-cultural networks between the courts of early modern Italy and Europe, focusing on the Florentine Medici court, and the cultural patronage and international gendered networks developed by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Vittoria della Rovere. Adelina Modesti uses Grand...

Artistic Circulation between Early Modern Spain and Italy

Artistic Circulation between Early Modern Spain and Italy

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Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Tommaso Mozzati
December 02, 2019

This collection of essays by major scholars in the field explores how the rich intersections between Italy and Spain during the early modern period resulted in a confluence of cultural ideals. Various means of exchange and convergence are explored through two main catalysts: humans—their trips...

Leon Battista Alberti and Nicholas Cusanus: Towards an Epistemology of Vision for Italian Renaissance Art and Culture

Leon Battista Alberti and Nicholas Cusanus: Towards an Epistemology of Vision for Italian Renaissance Art and Culture

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Charles H. Carman
November 12, 2019

Providing a fresh evaluation of Alberti’s text On Painting (1435), along with comparisons to various works of Nicholas Cusanus - particularly his Vision of God (1450) - this study reveals a shared epistemology of vision. And, the author argues, it is one that reflects a more deeply Christian...

Gendered Perceptions of Florentine Last Supper Frescoes, c. 1350–1490

Gendered Perceptions of Florentine Last Supper Frescoes, c. 1350–1490

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Diana Hiller
November 12, 2019

Despite the large number of monumental Last Supper frescoes which adorn refectories in Quattrocento Florence, until now no monograph has appeared in English on the Florentine Last Supper frescoes, nor has any study examined the perceptions of the original viewers. This study examines the rarely...

Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform

Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform

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Douglas N. Dow
November 12, 2019

Focusing on artists and architectural complexes which until now have eluded scholarly attention in English-language publications, Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform examines through their art programs three different confraternal organizations in Florence at a...

Vincenzo Scamozzi and the Chorography of Early Modern Architecture

Vincenzo Scamozzi and the Chorography of Early Modern Architecture

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Ann Marie Borys
November 12, 2019

The first English-language overview of the contributions to Renaissance architectural culture of northern Italian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616), this book introduces Anglophone architects and historians to a little-known figure from a period that is recognized as one of the most...

Making and Moving Sculpture in Early Modern Italy

Making and Moving Sculpture in Early Modern Italy

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Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio
November 09, 2019

In recent years, art historians have begun to delve into the patronage, production and reception of sculptures-sculptors' workshop practices; practical, aesthetic, and esoteric considerations of material and materiality; and the meanings associated with materials and the makers of sculptures. This...

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

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Angeliki Pollali, Berthold Hub
November 09, 2019

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...

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
October 02, 2019

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...

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

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

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Lynn F. Jacobs
September 11, 2019

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....

The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples: Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino

The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples: Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino

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J. Nicholas Napoli
September 11, 2019

The Carthusian monks at San Martino began a series of decorative campaigns in the 1580s that continued until 1757, transforming the church of their monastery, the Certosa di San Martino, into a jewel of marble revetment, painting, and sculpture. The aesthetics of the church generate a jarring moral...

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