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The Rise of the Image

Essays on the History of the Illustrated Art Book, 1st Edition

Edited by Rodney Palmer, Thomas Frangenberg


290 pages

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The Rise of the Image reveals how illustrations have come to play a primary part in books on art and architecture. Italian Renaissance art is the main focus for this anthology of essays which analyse key episodes in the history of illustration from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The authors raise new issues about the imagery in books on the visual arts by Leonardo da Vinci, Giorgio Vasari, Sebastiano Serlio, Andrea Palladio, Girolamo Teti and Andrea Pozzo. The concluding essays evaluate the roles of reproductive media, including photography, in Victorian and twentieth-century art books. Throughout, images in books are considered as vehicles for ideas rather than as transparent, passive visual forms, dependent on their accompanying texts. Thus The Rise of the Image enriches our understanding of the role of prints in books on art.


'…well produced, with lavish use of illustration…transforms the study of illustration from dilettante frippery to the subject of serious scholarship. This is a rigorous and enterprising contribution to a new field.' Alastair Sooke, Times Literary Supplement

'… a welcome addition to the literature and a significant contribution to the subject.' Paul Goldman, The Library

'The contributors engage with a complex aspect of the first 500 years of the history of the book and reveal a relatively little studied aspect of visual culture… familiar material re-presented in innovative contexts… Ashgate's 'Reinterpreting classicism' series, of which this book is one, is exactly the kind of project which the Warburg Institute was established to undertake.' Nigel Llewellyn, the Art Newspaper

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Rodney Palmer; 17th-century illustrations for the chapters on motion in Leonardo's Trattato, Juliana Barone; 'The outer man tends to be a guide to the inner': the woodcut portraits in Vasari's Lives as parallel texts, Sharon Gregory; 'Of little or even no importance to the architect': on absent ideals in Serlio's drawings in the sixth book on domestic architecture, Vaughan Hart; 'Brevity without obscurity': text and image in the architectural treatises of Daniele Barbaro and Andrea Palladio, Robert Tavernor; 'The beauty and majesty of images': Pietro da Cortona's Barberini Ceiling in Teti's Aedes Barberinae, Thomas Frangenberg; 'All is very plain, upon inspection of the figure': the visual method of Andrea Pozzo's Perspectiva Pictorum et Architectorum, Rodney Palmer; Photography in 19th-century art publications, Anthony Hamber; 'Still a makeshift'?: Changing representations of the Renaissance in 20th-century art books, Valerie Holman; Index.

About the Series

Reinterpreting Classicism: Culture, Reaction and Appropriation

Reinterpreting Classicism: Culture, Reaction and Appropriation
This series provides a forum for the interdisciplinary study of classicism in the arts and architecture in the Western World from the Renaissance to the present day, investigating its complex nature and development, the selection and use of ancient sources, its cultural, political or ideological role, and its relation to other existing traditions and styles. The series is inspired by recent re-examinations of the discourses of interpretation used in art history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General