Viewing Renaissance Art

Woods, Kim W.; Richardson, Carol M. and Lymberopoulou, Angeliki eds. (2007). Viewing Renaissance Art. Yale University Press.

URL: http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300123...

Abstract

This book focuses on the values, priorities, and motives of patrons and the purposes and functions of art works produced north and south of the Alps and in post-Byzantine Crete. It begins by considering the social range and character of Renaissance patronage and ends with a study of Hans Holbein the Younger and the reform of religious images in Basle and England.

Viewing Renaissance Art considers a wide range of audiences and patrons from the rulers of France to the poorest confraternities in Florence. The overriding premise is that art was not a neutral matter of stylistic taste but an aspect of material production in which values were invested—whether religious, cultural, social, or political.

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