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Italian Baroque Art

Susan M. Dixon (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3967-0
416 pages
August 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This anthology presents classic and recent scholarship on Italian art from 1600-1750, highlighting the key debates with which art historians continue to grapple.

* Explores themes including: style or the visuality of art; artistic practices and production; artistic communication as projected and experienced; and artists' interactions with the ancient world and with the new sciences

* Examines the work of key painters, architects and sculptors from this period, including Caravaggio, Bernini, Guarini and Poussin

* Published in the expanding Blackwell Anthologies in Art History series
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Part I: Appearances.

1. What is Baroque? (Erwin Panofsky).

2. The Idea of the Painter, the Sculptor and the Architect (Pietro Bellori Giovan).

3. Fighting with Style (Phillip Sohm).

4. Bernini’s Conception of the Visual Arts: 'Un Bel Composto' (Irving Lavin).

5. Ars Tornandi: Baroque Architecture and the Lathe (Joseph Connors).

6. A Taste for Tiepolo (Alpers, Svetlana and Michael Baxandall).

Part II: Artistic Practice, Production and Consumption.

7. Practice in the Carracci Academy (Gail Feigenbaum).

8. Artemisia in Her Father’s House (Patrizia Cavazzini).

9. Disegni, Bozzetti, Legnetti and Modelli in Roman Seicento Sculpture (Jennifer Montagu).

10. Architects and Clods: The Emergence of Urban Planning in the Context of Palace Architecture in Seventeenth-Century Rome (Dorothy Metzger Habel).

11. The Mechanics of Seventeenth-Century Patronage (Francis Haskell).

12. Scrambling for Scudi: Notes on Painters’ Earnings in Early Baroque Rome (Richard Spear).

13. The Marketing of Pietro Testa's Poetic Inventions (Francesco Consagra).

14.Inside the Palace: People and Furnishings (Patricia Waddy).

Part III: Meaning: Conceived and Received.

15. A Comment on the Iconography of Pietro da Cortona’s Barberini Ceiling (Walter Vitzthum).

16.Seeing the Shroud: Guarini’s Reliquary Chapel in Turin and the Ostentation of a Dynastic Relic (John Beldon Scott).

17. Myth and the New Science: Vico, Tiepolo, and the Language of the Optimates (Christopher Drew Armstrong).

18.Problems of the Theme (Rudolf Wittkower).

19. Devotion and Desire: The Reliquary Chapel of Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi (Karen-Edis Barzman).

20. Pastoralism in the Roman Baroque Villa and in Claude Lorrain (Myths and Realities of the Roman Campagna: Mirka Benes).

Part IV: Critique of the Past and the New Science.

21. The Role of Classical Models in Bernini's and Poussin's Preparatory Work (Rudolf Wittkower).

22. The Greek Style and the Prehistory of Neoclassicism (Charles Dempsey).

23. Piranesi and Francesco Bianchini: Capricci in the Service of Pre-Scientific Archaeology (Susan M. Dixon).

24. Cigoli's Immacolata and Galileo's Moon: Astronomy and the Virgin in Early Seicento Rome (Steven F. Ostrow).

25. The Fate of Pictures: Appearance, Truth, and Ambiguity (David Freedberg).

26. Lodoli on Function and Representation (Joseph Rykwert).

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Susan M. Dixon is Associate Professor of Art History at University of Tulsa, Okalahoma.
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  • Brings together important classic and recent secondary literature on the art of Italy, c. 1600-1780
  • Examines many of the major artistic themes and issues that scholars in the field continue to grapple with, and that characterize this especially rich, if turbulent, period in the development of art history
  • Explores themes including: style or the visuality of art; artistic practices and production; artistic communication as projected and experienced; and artists’ interactions with the ancient world and with the new sciences
  • Examines the work of key painters, architects and sculptors from this period, including Caravaggio, Bernini, Guarini and Poussin
  • Published in the expanding Blackwell Anthologies in Art History series
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"Scholarly and thorough." [Four star rating] Art Times

"Old classics and new team up in this exciting anthology that will serve students and scholars alike for years to come. The Seicento field is not only represented here by broad discussions of style, art theory, and patronage but also by fascinating case studies of artistic practice, gender, science, and the art market . . . A shot of adrenalin for this important area of art history." David M. Stone, University of Delaware


"Those of us working in baroque studies are lucky to have some of the best scholars and essayists in the discipline of art history writing about European, and specifically Italian, art of the 17th and 18th centuries; we are doubly lucky that Susan Dixon has gathered together so many of them for this volume." Vernon Hyde-Minor, University of Colorado at Boulder

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