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Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold: Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance Hardcover – 17 Feb 2006


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Annotated edition edition (17 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226989372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226989372
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 25.4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,632,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold does not merely provide a sustained English language consideration of French Renaissance art, it also offers to the discipline of art history new possibilities for configuring a cultural history of any period. This thoroughly original work is careful, elegant, and impressive, and will make important contributions to the history of art, the history of French literature and culture, and Renaissance studies."--Mary D. Sheriff, author of Moved by Love: Inspired Artists and Deviant Women in Eighteenth-Century France -- Mary D. Sheriff "This book is as rich, copious, and complex as the media it interprets: painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, medals and coins . . . with particular attention paid to the value--both economic and symbolic--of materials either represented or employed in the artistic process."--Giancarlo Fiorenza "Renaissance Quarterly " "Zorach brings together an impressive array of literary, historical, theoretical and visual references from the sixteenth century to the present day, thus surrounding each work with a rich pattern of associations."--Catherine Jenkins "Print Quarterly " "Interdisciplinary is too anodyne a term for this searching portrait of the French Renaissance. Zorach plunges us into the culture as into a liquid flow, where texts and images, persons and things, production and consumption, all intermingle. Passionate in its intellectual commitments, and richly worked, like the objects it studies, this tale of an 'aesthetics of excess' will haunt our understanding of the true sacrifices underlying artistic achievement."--Joseph Koerner, author of The Reformation of the Image "Rebecca Zorach's innovative and exciting account of the French Renaissance illuminates the monarchical and sexual politics of ornament and the historical relations between vegetable and human abundance. It shows how the antique itself became an antic figure of excess, mutability, and perversity."--Peter Stallybrass, coauthor of Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory "Readers wil see and understand a profoundly revealed sixteenth century thanks to art historian Rebecca Zorach. . . . The themes she explores -- fertility, sacrifice, and eroticism -- illuminate fundamental aspects of the period that have never been gathered coherently within one conceptual framework. . . . The ready made audience for this work among historians is obvious: cultural historians with a passion for theory. The magnificent and copious illustrations make the material readily available to the reader not intimately familiar with the art. This is an extremely valuable work that renders the aesthetic of the French Renaissance compellingly interesting to the general historian."--Ann W. Ramsey "H-France " "Rebecca Zorach's brilliantly written, exhaustively researched, and superbly illustrated book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the royal court of renaissance France, and the intellectual life of contemporary towns and cities. The French Renaissance may be less familiar to many readers than the Italian, but Zorach proves that the rebirth of ancient Greek and Roman culture was just as vibrant and inventive in France as it was in Italy. . . . A truly original book that deftly encapsulates the meaning of art, materialism, literature, society, and politics in a single readable volume."--Brenda Ralph Lewis "Renaissance Magazine " ""Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold" does not merely provide a sustained English language consideration of French Renaissance art, it also offers to the discipline of art history new possibilities for configuring a cultural history of any period. This thoroughly original work is careful, elegant, and impressive, and will make important contributions to the history of art, the history of French literature and culture, and Renaissance studies."--Mary D. Sheriff, author of Moved by Love: Inspired Artists and Deviant Women in Eighteenth-Century France "Rebecca Zorach s brilliantly written, exhaustively researched, and superbly illustrated book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the royal court of renaissance France, and the intellectual life of contemporary towns and cities. The French Renaissance may be less familiar to many readers than the Italian, but Zorach proves that the rebirth of ancient Greek and Roman culture was just as vibrant and inventive in France as it was in Italy. . . . A truly original book that deftly encapsulates the meaning of art, materialism, literature, society, and politics in a single readable volume."--Brenda Ralph Lewis "Renaissance Magazine "" "A wide-ranging study of the elite visual culture of France under the Valois-Angouleme dynasty. . . . The book's plentiful, high-quality illustrations exemplify both the author's arguments as well as the incredible fertility of artistic production during this period."--Laura M. Hogan "caa.reviews "" "Zorach s work offers an exciting, innovative perspective on the FrenchRenaissance. Linking Italian artists and French court society to ceramics, print culture and the economy of sixteenth-century Europe, this book provides afresh, interdisciplinary approach to a place and period of great fascination. Itshould be essential reading for art historians and historians alike and allthose who are interested in the inter-relationships between visual and materialobjects and the social worlds in which they were created."--Evelyn Welch, author of Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500" "Zorach's work offers an exciting, innovative perspective on the FrenchRenaissance. Linking Italian artists and French court society to ceramics, print culture and the economy of sixteenth-century Europe, this book provides afresh, interdisciplinary approach to a place and period of great fascination. Itshould be essential reading for art historians and historians alike and allthose who are interested in the inter-relationships between visual and materialobjects and the social worlds in which they were created."--Evelyn Welch, author of Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500 ""Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold "does not merely provide a sustained English language consideration of French Renaissance art, it also offers to the discipline of art history new possibilities for configuring a cultural history of any period. This thoroughly original work is careful, elegant, and impressive, and will make important contributions to the history of art, the history of French literature and culture, and Renaissance studies."--Mary D. Sheriff, author of "Moved by Love: Inspired Artists and Deviant Women in Eighteenth-Century France" "Rebecca Zorach''s innovative and exciting account of the French Renaissance illuminates the monarchical and sexual politics of ornament and the historical relations between vegetable and human abundance. It shows how the antique itself became an antic figure of excess, mutability, and perversity."--Peter Stallybrass, coauthor of "Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory"

About the Author

Rebecca Zorach is assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago. She is coeditor of Embodied Utopias.


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