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Art and Society in Italy, 1350-1500 (Oxford History of Art) [Paperback]

Evelyn S. Welch
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Mar 1997 Oxford History of Art
Between the "Black Death" in the mid-14th century and the French invasions at the end of the 15th, artists such as Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo, working in the kingdoms, princedoms, and republics of the Italian peninsula, created some of the most influential and exciting works in a variety of artistic fields. Yet the traditional story of the Renaissance has been dramatically revised in the light of new scholarship, and new issues have greatly enriched our understanding of the period. Emphasis has been placed on recreating the experience of contemporary Italians - the patrons who commissioned the works, the members of the public who viewed them, and the artists who produced them. In this text Evelyn Welch presents a fresh picture of the Italian Renaissance. Giving equal weight to the Italian regions outside Florence, she discusses a wide range of works, from paintings to coins, and from sculptures to tapestries, examines the issues of materials, workshop practises, and artist-patron relationships, and explores the ways in which visual imagery related to contemporary sexual, social and political behaviour.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; First Edition edition (Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019284203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842039
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author Evelyn Welch is Lecturer, School of European Studies, University of Sussex. Her publications include Art and Authority in Renaissance Milan.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reference book bought to accompany a talk 14 Dec 2012
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I enjoy books on art, although mainly contemporary. This one was bought to expand my knowledge of 14th and 15th Century art. So far I've only enjoyed the images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and novel perspective on Renaissance Art and Life 26 May 1998
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An excellent examination of the role of art in Renaissance life, including the actual day to day workings of the artists, their roles in the society as a whole, and the role of art itself in the display of "Magnificence" of the respective ruling authorities of the various Italian states. I have run across no other book with this unique perspective. It also discusses the role of women and women artists, while recognizing the extreme limits set for women, both in the society and in the creation of art works. I regret not being able to contact the author directly to offer my respect and admiration for such a formidable and at the same time completely accessible work of scholarship.
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