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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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Federico Barocci Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy

Federico Barocci: Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy

1st Edition

Edited By Judith W. Mann
September 26, 2017

Reviewers of a recent exhibition termed Federico Barocci (ca. 1533–1612), 'the greatest artist you’ve never heard of'. One of the first original iconographers of the Counter Reformation, Barocci was a remarkably inventive religious painter and draftsman, and the first Italian artist to incorporate ...

The Realism of Piero della Francesca

The Realism of Piero della Francesca

1st Edition

By Joost Keizer
September 20, 2017

The fifteenth-century Italian artist Piero della Francesca painted a familiar world. Roads wind through hilly landscapes, run past farms, sheds, barns, and villages. This is the world in which Piero lived. At the same time, Piero’s paintings depict a world that is distant. The subjects of his ...

Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing

Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing

1st Edition

By Catherine H. Lusheck
August 07, 2017

Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing re-examines the early graphic practice of the preeminent northern Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640) in light of early modern traditions of eloquence, particularly as promoted in the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Flemish, ...

Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300–1650

Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300–1650

1st Edition

Edited By John R. Decker, Mitzi Kirkland-Ives
June 16, 2017

Bodies mangled, limbs broken, skin flayed, blood spilled: from paintings to prints to small sculptures, the art of the late Middle Ages and early modern period gave rise to disturbing scenes of violence. Many of these torture scenes recall Christ’s Passion and its aftermath, but the martyrdoms of ...

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 ...

Performativity and Performance in Baroque Rome

Performativity and Performance in Baroque Rome

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Gillgren, Mårten Snickare
May 31, 2017

A new interest in the study of early modern ritual, ceremony, formations of personal and collective identities, social roles, and the production of meaning inside and outside the arts have made it possible to talk today about a performative turn in the humanities. In Performativity and Performance ...

Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice

Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Alice E. Sanger, Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker
May 31, 2017

Employing a wide range of approaches from various disciplines, contributors to this volume explore the diverse ways in which European art and cultural practice from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries confronted, interpreted, represented and evoked the realm of the sensual. Sense ...

The Religious Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen Reinventing Christian Painting after the Reformation in Utrecht

The Religious Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen: Reinventing Christian Painting after the Reformation in Utrecht

1st Edition

By Natasha T. Seaman
May 31, 2017

The first in-depth study of the Utrecht artist to address questions beyond connoisseurship and attribution, this book makes a significant contribution to Ter Brugghen and Northern Caravaggist studies. Focusing on the Dutch master's simultaneous use of Northern archaisms with Caravaggio's motifs ...

The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599–1652) Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets

The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599–1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets

1st Edition

By Tamara Heimarck Bentley
May 24, 2017

Despite the importance of Chen Hongshou (1599-1652) as an artist and scholar of the Ming period, until now no full length study in English has focused on his work. Author Tamara H. Bentley takes a broadly interdisciplinary approach, treating Chen's oeuvre in relation to literary themes and economic...

Inganno – The Art of Deception Imitation, Reception, and Deceit in Early Modern Art

Inganno – The Art of Deception: Imitation, Reception, and Deceit in Early Modern Art

1st Edition

Edited By Sharon Gregory, Sally Anne Hickson
May 22, 2017

The essays contained in this volume address issues surrounding the use, dissemination, and reception of copies and even deliberate forgeries within the history of art, focusing on paintings, prints and sculptures created and sold from the sixteenth century to the eighteenth century. The essays also...

Knowledge and Discernment in the Early Modern Arts

Knowledge and Discernment in the Early Modern Arts

1st Edition

Edited By Sven Dupré, Christine Göttler
April 06, 2017

In early modern Europe, discernment emerged as a key notion at the intersection of various domains in both learned and artisanal cultures. Often used synonymously with judgment, ingenuity, and taste, discernment defined the ability to perceive and understand the secrets of nature and art, and ...

Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy

Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy

1st Edition

Edited By Sara F. Matthews-Grieco
March 31, 2017

Concentrating largely on the 'middle ranks' of society in Renaissance Italy - artisans, merchants, and professionals such as bankers and lawyers - this book focuses on new social subjects, new documents and unusual objects. Using innovative methods of inquiry and interdisciplinary analytical tools,...

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