Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback – 19 May 1988
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`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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Michael Baxandell is Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition, Warburg Institute, University of London.
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If this is the sort of thing that makes you go "yippee!" and grin, as the past comes alive for you, then this is definitely the book for you.
Almost uniquely among fine art books this one fits in a jacket pocket as it is a standard sized paperback. I disagree with the other reviewer who complained that it was lacking in illustrations (it isn't) but its small size does make the provision of sensible illustrations impossible and if you have other books on the period (or can use the Internet or a public library) you should have no trouble finding illustrations of any of the works mentioned.
To think these beautiful works of art can be the mere result of commercial transactions i.e. client's strictures and money available, not to mention religious or social 'pressures' applying at the time. One wonders what would an artist have produced if given free rein to express himself with his own subject, own chosen materials and the necessary time/money?
A great introduction to art history for a prospective student, but also for any body with a general interest in painting or art in general. Shame the majority of the illustrations are not in colour - but buy anyway!
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an absolutely wonderful book which says so much in a few pages. It offers guidelines for viewing paintings but no dogmatic opinions.
A short but easily accessible book about a complex period of history and a time when art and artists were developing beyond simply being the product of the artisanPublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by Miss Lynn Mead
this little booki might be small but it has lots of important information which will be very helpful when I'm studying my next OU ModulePublished on 28 July 2013 by Jill Dian