The Origins of Baroque Art in Rome

The Origins of Baroque Art in Rome

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By (author) Alois Riegl, Edited and translated by Andrew Hopkins, Edited and translated by Arnold Witte

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  • Publisher: Getty Research Institute,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 20mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 1606060414
  • ISBN 13: 9781606060414
  • Illustrations note: 47 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 761,426

Product description

Delivered three times between 1898 and 1902 and subsequently revised with an eye towards publication, Alois Riegl's lectures on the origins of Baroque art in Rome broke new ground in its field. This first English translation brings Riegl's compelling vision of the Baroque to life and amply illustrates his celebrated magnetism as a lecturer. His text is full of perceptive observations on the most important artists of the period from Michelangelo to Caravaggio. By taking the spectator into consideration, Riegl identifies a crucial defining change between Renaissance and Baroque art and provides invaluable inspiration for present-day students and readers. Baroque was born in Italy, and later adopted in France, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain. The world 'baroque' was first applied to the art of the period from the late 1500s to the late 1700s, by critics in the late nineteenth century.

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Author information

Alois Riegl (1858-1905) born in Vienna, was an art historian and foremost figure in the establishment of art history as a stand-alone academic discipline.

Review quote

"This translation of a pioneering work along with astute analyses of it clearly shows how the art of the Baroque 1550-1630 differed from but was not a decline from the early Renaissance masters." --"Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance"