Publication Date: 19/05/1988 ISBN: 9780192821447 Category:

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Michael Baxandall

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 19/05/1988 ISBN: 9780192821447 Category:
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This book is both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting, and a primer in how to read social history out of the style of pictures. It examines the commercial practice of the early Renaissance picture, trade in contracts, letters, and accounts; and it explains how the visual skills and habits evolved in the daily life of any society enter into its painters’ style. Renaissance painting is related for instance to experience of such activities as
preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels.

This second edition contains an appendix, the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, giving the student access to all the relevant, authentic sources.

Publisher Review

Of interest not only to Art Historians, but to anyone concerned with the material culture of the Renaissance. * Dr Jonathan Sawday, University of Southampton * It is now almost 50 years since Painting and Experience was first published, yet it retains its power to reconceptualise the History of Art in ways that both closely define and open up to the broadest possible interpretation of what is the very best about the discipline. * Genevieve Warwick, History Today *

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