Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century

ISBN-10: 0131455818
ISBN-13: 9780131455818
Edition: 2005
List price: $108.80
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Book details

List price: $108.80
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

This important new introduction to the major developments in art and architecture that emerged from seventeenth-century
Western Europe bridges the gap between the specialized study and a more general survey
Seventeenth-Century Art and Architecture encompasses the socio-political and cultural background of the period
In the process it examines the careers of the most significant painters, sculptors, and architects, and those of less well-known artists
Italy is the logical place to begin this geographical tour of Europe, not least because it was a magnet for Flemish and French artists, and because Italian artists were highly prized by the Spanish, French, and English courts
In Bologna and Rome, Annibale Carracci and Caravaggio embarked upon a stylistic revolution that deposed the international Mannerist style
The Counter-Reformation Church in Rome offered so many opportunities for artists that the city secured its position as the most vital European artistic center
Subsequent chapters focus on Flanders, Spain, France, the Dutch Republic, and England
The increasing influence of secular patronage is reflected in the popularity of mythological and biblical themes with obvious erotic content
Commissions that had hitherto been the exclusive privilege of the Church, monarchy, aristocrats, and major guilds now originated from upper middle-class patrons seeking portraits of themselves and their families, landscapes of their own terrain, genre scenes for their entertainment, and still-lifes reflecting their sophisticated tastes
Major artists covered include Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio, Carracci, Claude, Girardon, Guercino, Hals, Jones, Le Brun, Le Van, Murillo, Poussin, Rembrandt, Reni, Ribera, Rubens, Ruisdael, Steen, Van Dyck, Velazquez, Vermeer, Wren, and Zurbaran
The seventeenth century also witnessed the emergence of successful women painters such as Artemisia Gentileschi and Clara Peeters, who receive due attention here
Covering artistic developments across six countries and examining in detail many of the artworks on display, this book demonstrates considerable breadth and depth
Reflecting the latest developments in research, it is more substantial and up-to-date than any comparable survey
Written with great clarity, knowledge, and affection, it is a true tribute to its subject

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