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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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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 20, 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. ...

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...

Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration

Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy: The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration

1st Edition

By Minou Schraven
February 05, 2018

Celebrated at the heart of a notoriously unstable period, the Vacant See, papal funerals in early modern Rome easily fell prey to ceremonial chaos and disorder. Charged with maintaining decorum, papal Masters of Ceremonies supervised all aspects of the funeral, from the correct handling of the ...

The 'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands

The 'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands

1st Edition

By Alexandra Onuf
December 04, 2017

In 1559 and 1561, the Antwerp print publisher Hieronymus Cock issued an unprecedented series of landscape prints known today simply as the Small Landscapes. The forty-four prints included in the series offer views of the local countryside surrounding Antwerp in simple, unembellished compositions. ...

The Spiritual Rococo Decor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia

The Spiritual Rococo: Decor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia

1st Edition

By Gauvin Alexander Bailey
November 30, 2017

A groundbreaking approach to Rococo religious décor and spirituality in Europe and South America, The Spiritual Rococo addresses three basic conundrums that impede our understanding of eighteenth-century aesthetics and culture. Why did the Rococo, ostensibly the least spiritual style in the ...

The Spectacle of Clouds, 1439–1650 Italian Art and Theatre

The Spectacle of Clouds, 1439–1650: Italian Art and Theatre

1st Edition

By Alessandra Buccheri
October 12, 2017

The studies in which history of art and theatre are considered together are few, and none to date investigate the evolution of the representation of clouds from the early Renaissance to the Baroque period. This book reconsiders the origin of Italian Renaissance and Baroque cloud compositions while ...

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