Global Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West

Global Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West

Hardback Picturing History

By (author) Lisa Jardine, By (author) Jerry Brotton

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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Hardback | 236 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 241mm x 23mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 14 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861890796
  • ISBN 13: 9781861890795
  • Illustrations note: 32 colour and 54 b&w illustrations

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In this wide-ranging reassessment of Renaissance art, Jerry Brotton and Lisa Jardine examine the ways in which European culture came to define itself culturally and aesthetically in the years 1450 to 1550. Looking outwards for confirmation of who they were and of what defined them as "civilized", Europeans encountered the returning gaze of what we now call the east, in particular the powerful Ottoman Empire of Mehmed the Conqueror and Suleyman the Magnificent. This book offers accounts of three often neglected art objects: portrait medals, tapestries, and equestrian art, and the authors provide new responses to some of the most iconic paintings of the period, including the work of Pisanello, Leonardo, Durer, Holbein and Titian. It also offers a timely reassessment of the development of European imperialism, focusing on the Habsburg Empire of Charles V, and concludes with a consideration of the impact this history continues to have upon contemporary perceptions of European culture and ethnic identity.

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This fascinating book provided me with a whole new way of thinking about the European Renaissance. Jardine and Brotton argue that the East, and in particular the Turkish Ottoman Empire, was central rather than marginal to the flowering of the arts and culture that took place between the 15th and 16th centuries. The book suggests that we have been living in the shadow of a 19th-century understanding of the Renaissance, shaped by thinkers such as Jacob Burckhardt and, surprisingly enough, Sigmund Freud, who projected a psychologically fearful image of the dark, despotic eastern other in opposition to the enlightened artistic and intellectual creativity of the 'Renaissance Man' we all thought we knew so well. The authors also offer a series of elegant interpretations of art objects exchanged between East and West within the Renaissance. Some of the objects are familiar - whilst some are strikingly unfamiliar. This is also an epic story of imperial rivalry within the Renaissance, exploring the ways in which the Hapsburg, Valois, Tudor and Ottoman courts jostled for supremacy through their display of magnificent and visually overwhelming art objects, all of which are beautifully reproduced in the book's 87 illustrations. Review by RAJ PERSAUD Editor's note: Raj Persaud is the author of Staying Sane: How to Make your Mind Work for You. (Kirkus UK)