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Visual Culture in Early Modernity


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A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.

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Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany

Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe: Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany

1st Edition

By Adelina Modesti
December 16, 2019

This book examines the sociocultural networks between the courts of early modern Italy and Europe, focusing on the Florentine Medici court, and the cultural patronage and international gendered networks developed by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Vittoria della Rovere. Adelina Modesti uses Grand ...

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

Images of Sex and Desire in Renaissance Art and Modern Historiography

1st Edition

Edited By Angeliki Pollali, Berthold Hub
September 11, 2019

Studies on gender and sexuality have proliferated in the last decades, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines. This collection of essays offers a metanarrative of sexuality as it has been recently embedded in the art historical discourse of the European Renaissance. It revisits ‘canonical’ forms ...

The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino

The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples: Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino

1st Edition

By J. Nicholas Napoli
September 11, 2019

The Carthusian monks at San Martino began a series of decorative campaigns in the 1580s that continued until 1757, transforming the church of their monastery, the Certosa di San Martino, into a jewel of marble revetment, painting, and sculpture. The aesthetics of the church generate a jarring moral...

Thresholds and Boundaries Liminality in Netherlandish Art (1385-1530)

Thresholds and Boundaries: Liminality in Netherlandish Art (1385-1530)

1st Edition

By Lynn F. Jacobs
September 11, 2019

Although liminality has been studied by scholars of medieval and seventeenth-century art, the role of the threshold motif in Netherlandish art of the late fourteenth, fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries -- this late medieval/early ‘early modern’ period -- has been much less fully investigated....

Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico The Casa de Montejo

Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico: The Casa de Montejo

1st Edition

By C. Cody Barteet
June 19, 2019

This book investigates the Casa de Montejo and considers the role of the building’s Plateresque façade as a form of visual rhetoric that conveyed ideas about the individual and communal cultural identities in sixteenth-century Yucatán. C. Cody Barteet analyzes the façade within the complex colonial...

The Court Art of Friedrich Sustris Patronage in Late Renaissance Bavaria

The Court Art of Friedrich Sustris: Patronage in Late Renaissance Bavaria

1st Edition

By Susan Maxwell
June 12, 2019

Shedding new light on the relatively unknown art of the Wittelsbach dukes's sixteenth-century court, The Court Art of Friedrich Sustris represents the first monograph to focus on this Italian-trained Netherlandish artist. The volume incorporates original archival material, including letters and ...

Sebastiano del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome

Sebastiano del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome

1st Edition

By Piers Baker-Bates
May 17, 2019

Sebastiano del Piombo (c.1485-1547) was a close associate and rival of the central artistic figures of the High Renaissance, notably Michelangelo and Raphael. After the death of Raphael and the departure of Michelangelo from Rome, Sebastiano became the dominant artistic personality in the city. ...

Faith, Gender and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas

Faith, Gender and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art: Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas

1st Edition

By Erin E. Benay, Lisa M. Rafanelli
June 14, 2017

Taking the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas episodes as a focal point, this study examines how visual representations of two of the most compelling and related Christian stories engaged with changing devotional and cultural ideals in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. This book reconsiders ...

Art and Reform in the Late Renaissance After Trent

Art and Reform in the Late Renaissance: After Trent

1st Edition

Edited By Jesse M. Locker
August 14, 2018

Drawing on recent research by established and emerging scholars of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art, this volume reconsiders the art and architecture produced after 1563 across the conventional geographic borders. Rather than considering this period a degraded afterword to Renaissance ...

Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (15th-17th century)

Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (15th-17th century)

1st Edition

Edited By Sara F. Matthews-Grieco
April 25, 2018

In Renaissance and early modern Europe, various constellations of phenomena-ranging from sex scandals to legal debates to flurries of satirical prints-collectively demonstrate, at different times and places, an increased concern with cuckoldry, impotence and adultery. This concern emerges in ...

Old Women and Art in the Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior

Old Women and Art in the Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior

1st Edition

By Erin J. Campbell
April 25, 2018

Though portraits of old women mediate cultural preoccupations just as effectively as those of younger women, the scant published research on images of older women belies their significance within early modern Italy. This study examines the remarkable flowering, largely overlooked in portraiture ...

Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany

Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany

1st Edition

Edited By Jeffrey Chipps Smith
February 06, 2018

During the early modern period, visual imagery was put to ever new uses as many disciplines adopted visual criteria for testing truth claims, representing knowledge, or conveying information. Religious propagandists, political writers, satirists, cartographers, the scientific community, and others...

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