Viewing Renaissance Art The Open University, Carol M. Richardson, Kim W. Woods, Angeliki Lymberopoulou

Publication date:
24 May 2007
Yale University Press
352 pages: 286 x 216mm
200 color illus.
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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.

Kim W. Woods, Carol M. Richardson, and Angeliki Lymberopoulou are lecturers, Art History Department, The Open University.

"The editors present a strong foundation for the study of Renaissance artworks produced north and south of the Alps and in post-Byzantine Crete. . . . A fine addition to public libraries and libraries specializing in art history, especially when combined with . . . the other two books in the series."?Library Journal

"There is material of enormous interest here, beautifully illustrated. . . . The seven authors all include factual nuggets that help concretize their themes and welcome supplements such as information on currencies and a map of artistic sites in France. Recommended."?Choice