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The 'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands

The 'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands

Forthcoming

Alexandra Onuf
December 07, 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....

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

Forthcoming

Angeliki Pollali, Berthold Hub
December 04, 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 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....

Federico Barocci: Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy

Federico Barocci: Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy

Judith W. Mann
September 26, 2017

Reviewers of a recent exhibition termed Federico Barocci (ca. 1533–1612), 'the greatest artist you’ve never heard of'. One of the first original iconographers of the Counter Reformation, Barocci was a remarkably inventive religious painter and draftsman, and the first Italian artist to incorporate...

The Realism of Piero della Francesca

The Realism of Piero della Francesca

Joost Keizer
September 20, 2017

The fifteenth-century Italian artist Piero della Francesca painted a familiar world. Roads wind through hilly landscapes, run past farms, sheds, barns, and villages. This is the world in which Piero lived. At the same time, Piero’s paintings depict a world that is distant. The subjects of his...

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
September 16, 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...

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

Stefanie Solum
September 15, 2017

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...

Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing

Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing

Catherine H. Lusheck
August 07, 2017

Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing re-examines the early graphic practice of the preeminent northern Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640) in light of early modern traditions of eloquence, particularly as promoted in the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Flemish,...

Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300–1650

Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300–1650

John R. Decker, Mitzi Kirkland-Ives
June 16, 2017

Bodies mangled, limbs broken, skin flayed, blood spilled: from paintings to prints to small sculptures, the art of the late Middle Ages and early modern period gave rise to disturbing scenes of violence. Many of these torture scenes recall Christ’s Passion and its aftermath, but the martyrdoms of...

Faith, Gender and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art: Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas

Faith, Gender and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art: Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas

Erin E. Benay, Lisa M. Rafanelli
June 14, 2017

Taking the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas episodes as a focal point, this study examines how visual representations of two of the most compelling and related Christian stories engaged with changing devotional and cultural ideals in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. This book reconsiders...

Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice

Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice

Alice E. Sanger, Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker
May 31, 2017

Employing a wide range of approaches from various disciplines, contributors to this volume explore the diverse ways in which European art and cultural practice from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries confronted, interpreted, represented and evoked the realm of the sensual. Sense...

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