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ISBN-10: 1934772879
ISBN-13: 9781934772874
Publisher: Periscope
Publish Date: 01/25/2013
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 5.70" W, 0.50" H

Marks of Identity: New Perspectives on Sixteenth-Century Italian Sculpture

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“This book brings together nine essays, commissioned to challenge orthodox views of Italian art of the later Renaissance. Instead of painting, the scholars focus on sculpture, and they go one step further in the revision of history to consider artists long neglected in favor of Michelangelo. It all starts with a fresh assessment of Cellini’s accomplishments as a writer, an expert on gems, and a virtuoso in small- and large-scale work in bronze, the difficult medium even Michelangelo eschewed.
In later essays, analysis of Cellini’s splendid portraits leads to wide-ranging discussion of the history of the portrait bust, portrait medal, and memorial; notions of the individual; the collecting of antiquities and contemporary art; patronage in Orvieto, Milan, and Rome as well as in Florence; and the export of ideas and practices through diplomacy, travel, and exile. Leone Leoni, Vincenzo Danti, Danese Cattaneo, and Ippolito Scala are prominent among the artists considered.
Marks of Identity is essential reading for anyone concerned with the Renaissance and its dissemination. Not only does it call attention to virtually unknown masterpieces–most notably, the tomb of Sir Thomas Hoby, English translator of The Book of the Courtier–it also opens new pathways for study of the contexts in which 16th-century art was commissioned and assigned meaning. In addition, this anthology demonstrates the importance of the so-called minor arts of jewelry and pietra dura, which the Medici and other members of the elite esteemed and encouraged. The illustrations, all in color, enhance this book’s value as a resource for students and the general reader. “

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Details

ISBN-10: 1934772879
ISBN-13: 9781934772874
Publisher: Periscope
Publish Date: 01/25/2013
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 5.70" W, 0.50" H
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