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Description - Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy by Michael Baxandall

An introduction to Italian painting in the 15th century, and the social history behind it. The book covers the structure of the picture trade and its economic basis through contracts, letters and accounts. The author also illustrates how art history can be used to give insights into social history, by showing how the visual skills and activities of daily life can be related to the painters' style. Renaissance painting is related for instance to experience of activities such as preaching, dancing and gauging barrels. Finally, 16 concepts used by a contemporary critic, Cristoforo Landino, in his description of Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Andrea del Castagno and Fra Angelico are described and illustrated, as a basis for looking at 15th century painting. In addition, this new edition has an appendix of the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, providing access to the relevant, authentic sources.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192821447
ISBN-10: 019282144X
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 135mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-May-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Baxandall

Michael Baxandell is Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition, Warburg Institute, University of London.

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