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Global Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West (Picturing History) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2000

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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861890796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861890795
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,101,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This fascinating book provided me with a whole new way of thinking about the European Renaissance ... While offereing a series of elegant interpretations of art objects exchanged between East and West... this is also an epic story of imperial rivalry exploring the ways in which courts jostled for supremacy through their display of magnificent art objects, many of which are beautifully reproduced here' - The Good Book Guide 'Books of the Year' 'Cultural history needs the wider perspective [the authors] enjoin, and, as their reflections suggest, it is a mistake to think one can satisfactorily explain anything about the European continent - its art, the growth of it science, its social, political or religious history - in ignorance of its close relations with its eastern and southern margins. Global Interests is a valuable corrective to the established tendency to disregard them' - Literary Review 'impressive ... the discussion is full of remarkable examples ... there is much that will stimulate thought and excite admiration' - Art Quarterly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lisa Jardine is Director of the AHRB Research Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and author of many books. Jerry Brotton is Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and is the author of Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World (Reaktion, 1997). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Global Interests provides fresh insights into the emergence of the Renaissance in western Europe while offering a set of extremely useful conceptual innovations on how to think about cross-cultural interactions more generally. By refusing monolithic cultural divides and attending to particular and hitherto under-investigated local and regional exchanges, the authors argue for a genealogy of the Renaissance in the west that is as indebted to cross-pollination with the Ottoman world as the rediscovery of the philosophical and aesthetic production of classical Greece and Rome. This is a significant historiographical innovation and moves the problems of Orientalism into the heart of western culture rather than staging the phenomena as something that can only be investigated in the study of the Orient.
Written with enviable flair and clarity and magnificently illustrated, this book should appeal to scholars of the European Renaissance, colonial and postcolonial studies and new historicism as well as a general audience interested in the history of Europe's aesthetic achievements and the place of culture in our lives and identities.
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The book is interesting because it takes details in art to explain western-eastern influences. The read is a bit slow and dull but interesting. I would recommend it more as a research book and as a fun read.
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Jardine's voice minimal - work no coherent 23 Sept. 2008
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Lisa Jardine's "voice" is defintely NOT the predominant one. When a whole paragraph consists of two quotes - the author has no input. When you have to reread a page because it leaves you confused... not good.
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