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Why Mona Lisa Smiles And Other Tales By Vasari


Author : Paul Barolsky
language : en
Publisher: Penn State Press
Release Date : 2010-11-01

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Art Books


Author : Wolfgang M. Freitag
language : en
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release Date : 1997

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This spiritual companion for mourners affirms their need to mourn and invites them to journey through their very unique and personal grief. Organized around the six needs of mourning that all mourners must yield to and eventually embrace to find continued meaning in life and living, this book offers reflective passages for each need that help mourners work through their thoughts and feelings.

The Palladian Landscape Geographical Change And Its Cultural Representations In Sixteenth Century Italy


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language : en
Publisher: Penn State Press
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The Perils Of Uglytown


Author : Harry Berger, Jr.
language : en
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Release Date : 2015-07-01

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In The Perils of Uglytown, Harry Berger, Jr., considers a variety of texts and images ranging from those of Thucydides and Plato to those of Shakespeare and Rembrandt. The Introduction explains the key concept of the study, structural misanthropology, a variant on Claude Lévi-Strauss's idea of structural anthropology. Part I explores its activity in several Platonic dialogues: Lysis, Crito, Phaedo, The Republic, and Timaeus. Part II turns to the Renaissance in Italy, England, and the Netherlands. Structural misanthropology is discussed first in the work of several Italian humanists (Alberti, Leonardo, Castiglione, and Vasari), then in English drama (Gorbuduc and several plays by Shakespeare), and finally in group portraits by Hals and Rembrandt. The Perils of Uglytown applies and brings up to date the methods of interpretation Berger has developed during the past half-century in his many studies of literature, drama, philosophy, social and cultural studies, and the visual arts.

Giotto S Father And The Family Of Vasari S Lives


Author : Paul Barolsky
language : en
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Release Date : 1992

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In Giotto's Father Barolsky shows that Vasari's Lives is a major source for the social history of Italian Renaissance art. This book completes the author's Vasari trilogy, begun with Michelangelo's Nose and Why Mona Lisa Smiles. Giotto's Father is the first book to examine the extensive and deep theme of family in Vasari's Lives and to explain its importance in the study of the image of the family in the sixteenth century. The world of the artist's workshop was closely tied to the artist's family life. Artists were often trained by their fathers, and they sometimes married into the families of other artists. It is thus reasonable for Vasari to have viewed the community of artists as an extended family or brotherhood presided over by major patriarchal figures, for example, Giotto, Ghiberti, and Raphael. Building on the view of Vasari's work as a highly wrought, complex work of fiction, Barolsky shows how the Lives is not just a series of biographies of artists but a sustained, detailed, and highly fictionalized account of artists' families. In very nearly every biography, Vasari makes up stories of paternal blessing, of filial piety or prodigality, of noble and ignoble wives, of greedy, cruel, or violent relatives--tales that tell us a great deal about Vasari's own family in particular and about Renaissance family relations in general. Barolsky's explanation of just how deeply ideas about family inform Vasari's Lives provides a new and more complex understanding of one of the most important sources for the comprehension of the Renaissance artist. Vasari's family stories are often so fanciful that historians and art historians frequently ignore them because they seem unreliable. Barolsky compares these family tales to those told by Cellini, Michelangelo, and Bandinelli and shows that, although fictional, Vasari's stories ring true to the sentiments expressed by his contemporaries in their own fictionalized family histories. Fictions provide valuable clues to the realities that they metaphorically describe. As an extended historical fiction, Vasari's book tells us a great deal about the emotions, aspirations, and ideals of Renaissance life.

Contesting The Renaissance


Author : William Caferro
language : en
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date : 2010-08-24

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In this book, William Caferro asks if the Renaissance was really a period of progress, reason, the emergence of the individual, and the beginning of modernity. An influential investigation into the nature of the European Renaissance Summarizes scholarly debates about the nature of the Renaissance Engages with specific controversies concerning gender identity, economics, the emergence of the modern state, and reason and faith Takes a balanced approach to the many different problems and perspectives that characterize Renaissance studies

Michelangelo S Nose


Author : Paul Barolsky
language : en
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date : 2007-04-19

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An exploration of the ways in which Michelangelo created himself.