This title was first published in 2002. Adrian Stokes was a British painter and writer whose books on art have been allowed to go out of print despite their impact on Modernist culture. This new edition of The Quattro Cento and The Stones of Rimini presents the original texts of 1932 and 1934 and furnishes them with introductions by David Carrier and Stephen Kite that will help readers grasp the structure and significance of what have become Stokes' most widely cited and influential books. Written as parts of an incomplete trilogy, The Quattro Cento and The Stones of Rimini mark a crossroad in the transition from late Victorian to Modernist conceptions of art, especially sculpture and architecture. Stokes continued, even expanded, John Ruskin's and Walter Pater's belief that art is essential to the individual's proper psychological development but wove their teaching into a new aesthetic shaped by his experience of psychoanalysis and recent innovations in literature, dance, and the visual arts. This volume will be of interest to those concerned with art criticism, aesthetics and psychoanalysis, as well as the art and architecture of the Renaissance and Modern periods. Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation in memory of David Sylvester.
Table of Contents
Contents: Foreword, Stephen Bann; Introduction to The Quattro Cento, David Carrier; The Quattro Cento: a different conception of the Italian Renaissance, Adrian Stokes; Part 1: The Italian Scene: Introductory notes to Florence and Verona; Part 2: Florence and Verona; Part 3: Outline of The Quattro Cento: An Appendix to Florence and Verona; General index; Index of architecture and sculpture described in the book as 'Quattro Cento'; Introduction to Stones of Rimini, Stephen Kite; Stones of Rimini, Adrian Stokes; Part 1: Stone and water; Part 2: Stone and clay; Part 3: Stone, water and stars; Index; Suggested further reading; Index.
'This welcome reissue prints both texts and photographs in as generous a format as the originals, with illuminating introductory essays by Stephen Bann, David Carrier and Stephen Kite... This reprint offers a world of insight that most contemporary writing about art still keeps at a distance.'
- Times Literary Supplement
'For Stokes, looking was all about human response- historically articulated to be sure, but passionate, partial, personal and not a little elitist. Standing in the tradition of Goethe, Stendhal, Ruskin and Pater, he is at heart a travel writer, a narrator of aesthetic voyages of discovery.'
- Martin Kemp, The Royal Academy Magazine
'The foreword by Stephen Bann and the introduction essays by David Carrier and Stephen Kite are models of intelligent interpretation for anyone who cares to find out about one of the finest writers on art in the English language.'
- Richard Humphreys, The Use of English
'... the stimulating essays that introduce this volume... An added bonus of this new edition is that Stoke's connoisseurship in scores of Italian towns is illustrated by 'fresh impressions of the photographs used when the books were first published'.'
- Richard Read, Modernism