Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy : A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style

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This book is both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting, and a primer in how to read social history out of the style of pictures. It examines the commercial practice of the early Renaissance picture, trade in contracts, letters, and accounts; and it explains how the visual skills and habits evolved in the daily life of any society enter into its painters' style. Renaissance painting is related for instance to experience of such activities as preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels. This second edition contains an appendix, the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, giving the student access to all the relevant, authentic sources.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 4 colour plates, numerous black and white halftones
  • 019282144X
  • 9780192821447
  • 100,470

About Michael Baxandall

Michael Baxandell is Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition, Warburg Institute, University of London.
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It is now almost 50 years since Painting and Experience was first published, yet it retains its power to reconceptualise the History of Art in ways that both closely define and open up to the broadest possible interpretation of what is the very best about the discipline. * Genevieve Warwick, History Today * Of interest not only to Art Historians, but to anyone concerned with the material culture of the Renaissance. * Dr Jonathan Sawday, University of Southampton *
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Table of contents

Part 1 Conditions of trade: Introduction; contracts and the client's control; art and matter; the value of skill; perception of skill. Part 2 The period eye: Relative perception; pictures and knowledge; the cognitive style; the function of images; "Istoria"; the body and its language; figure patterns; the value of colours; volumes; intervals and proportions; the moral eye. Part 3 Pictures and categories: Words and pictures; Giovanni Santi's twenty-five painters; Cristoforo Landino; categories, including nature, relief, purity, ease, perspective, grace, ornateness, variety, composition, colouring, design, difficulty, foreshortening, promptness, blitheness, devotion; conclusion. Texts and references. Index.
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