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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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The Late Paintings of Velázquez Theorizing Painterly Performance

The Late Paintings of Velázquez: Theorizing Painterly Performance

1st Edition

By Giles Knox
October 31, 2016

The startling conclusion of The Late Paintings of Velázquez is that Diego Velázquez painted two of his most famous works, The Spinners and Las Meninas, as theoretically informed manifestos of painterly brushwork. As a pair, Giles Knox argues, the two paintings form a learned retort to the ...

Titian, Colonna and the Renaissance Science of Procreation Equicola's Seasons of Desire

Titian, Colonna and the Renaissance Science of Procreation: Equicola's Seasons of Desire

1st Edition

By Anthony Colantuono
October 31, 2016

Titian, Colonna and the Renaissance Science of Procreation demonstrates that two major monuments of Italian Renaissance culture - Bellini's and Titian's famous series of mytho-poetical paintings for the camerino of Duke Alfonso d'Este of Ferrara, and Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - ...

Altarpieces and Their Viewers in the Churches of Rome from Caravaggio to Guido Reni

Altarpieces and Their Viewers in the Churches of Rome from Caravaggio to Guido Reni

1st Edition

By Pamela M. Jones
October 19, 2016

A social history of reception, this study focuses on sacred art and Catholicism in Rome during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The five altarpieces examined here were painted by artists who are admired today - Caravaggio, Guercino, and Guido Reni - and by the less renowned but once ...

The Viewer and the Printed Image in Late Medieval Europe

The Viewer and the Printed Image in Late Medieval Europe

1st Edition

By David S. Areford
October 19, 2016

Structured around in-depth and interconnected case studies and driven by a methodology of material, contextual, and iconographic analysis, this book argues that early European single-sheet prints, in both the north and south, are best understood as highly accessible objects shaped and framed by ...

Pieter Bruegel the Elder Art Discourse in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Art Discourse in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands

1st Edition

By Todd M. Richardson
October 14, 2016

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Art Discourse in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands examines the later images by Bruegel in the context of two contemporary discourses - art theoretical and convivial. The first concerns the purely visual interactions between artists and artistic practices that unfold in ...

Seventeenth-Century Flemish Garland Paintings Still Life, Vision, and the Devotional Image

Seventeenth-Century Flemish Garland Paintings: Still Life, Vision, and the Devotional Image

1st Edition

By Susan Merriam
October 14, 2016

Focusing on three celebrated northern European still life painters”Jan Brueghel, Daniel Seghers, and Jan Davidsz. de Heem”this book examines the emergence of the first garland painting in 1607-1608, and its subsequent transformation into a widely collected type of devotional image, curiosity, and ...

Vasari and the Renaissance Print

Vasari and the Renaissance Print

1st Edition

By Sharon Gregory
October 06, 2016

Prints changed the history of art, even as that history was first being written. In this study, Sharon Gregory argues that this reality was not lost on Vasari; she shows that, contrary to common opinion, prints thoroughly pervade Vasari's history of art, just as they pervade his own career as an ...

Caravaggio Reflections and Refractions

Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions

1st Edition

Edited By Lorenzo Pericolo, David M. Stone
September 13, 2016

As this collection of essays makes clear, the paths to grasping the complexity of Caravaggio’s art are multiple and variable. Art historians from the UK and North America offer new or recently updated interpretations of the works of seventeenth-century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da ...

Reframing Albrecht Dürer The Appropriation of Art, 1528–1700

Reframing Albrecht Dürer: The Appropriation of Art, 1528–1700

1st Edition

By Andrea Bubenik
September 13, 2016

Focusing on the ways his art and persona were valued and criticized by writers, collectors, and artists subsequent to his death, this book examines the reception of the works of Albrecht Dürer. Andrea Bubenik's analysis highlights the intensive and international interest in Dürer's art and ...

Art, Piety and Destruction in the Christian West, 1500–1700

Art, Piety and Destruction in the Christian West, 1500–1700

1st Edition

Edited By Virginia Chieffo Raguin
September 12, 2016

Spanning two centuries and two continents, Art, Piety and Destruction in the Christian West, 1500-1700 addresses the impact of religious tensions on art, design, and architecture in the early modern world. Beyond famous works of art such as Kraft's Eucharistic Tabernacle, the volume examines ...

Imaging Stuart Family Politics Dynastic Crisis and Continuity

Imaging Stuart Family Politics: Dynastic Crisis and Continuity

1st Edition

By Catriona Murray
September 09, 2016

From conception onwards, Stuart offspring were presented to their subjects through texts, images and public celebrations. Audiences were exhorted to share in their development, establishing affective bonds with the royal family and its latest additions. Yet inviting the public into Stuart domestic ...

Leone Leoni and the Status of the Artist at the End of the Renaissance

Leone Leoni and the Status of the Artist at the End of the Renaissance

1st Edition

By Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio
September 08, 2016

The late Renaissance sculptor Leone Leoni (1509-1590) came from modest beginnings, but died as a nobleman and knight. His remarkable leap in status from his humble birth to a stonemason's family, to his time as a galley slave, to living as a nobleman and courtier in Milan provide a specific case ...

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