1 Written in , Michael Baxandall’s Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style was indeed a “primer ”. Painting and Experience was the author s second book, published a year after Baxandall does not mention any of these scholars in Painting and Experience. 1 All references are to the first edition: M. Baxandall: Painting and Experience in. Fifteenth Century Italy, Oxford 2 U. Middeldorfin the Art.

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It was definitely worth reading it’s a relatively easy read, short and well-written and I’m sure I’ll return to it over the next few years of studying.

Through these paintings we can glimpse, if not fully see, that past social texture. Lists with This Book. Anyone who loves the Renaissance. Experiende moral eye III.

A beautiful, detailed study of how the style of pictures reflect social history of a specific historical painging. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Apr 15, Gerard Brown rated it it was amazing. Not for nothing was the secondary school called Abaco and was centred on mathematics. Art historian Michael Baxandall was born in Cardiff, England.

So, the concluding section for example shows how the apparently vague and at first sight completely subjective terms which Cristoforo Landino and Leon Battista Alberti applied in their analyses of abd such as Masaccio and Fra Angelico – terms like ‘puro’, ‘facilita’, ‘gratioso’, ‘ornato’, ‘colorire’ tone and ‘disegno’ line’prompto’, ‘vezzoso’ blitheand even ‘devoto’ — along with more precise and familiar terms, such as the ‘imitatore della nature’, ‘rilievo’, ‘prospectivo’, ‘varieta’, ‘compositione’, ‘scorci’ foreshortening — ALL have precise and formalizable meanings that can be paralleled and accounted for by the formal categories used in 15th cen.


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Her review was illustrated, a key condition for discussing a book about art, while mine is not. In the on-going revisionist debate visual culture studies argue that art history retains the residues of nineteenth century metaphysical theories that it cannot be revised from inside so it had to be dismantled. Art and matter 4. paintibg

It is misleading, as I’ve said, paintingg argue that Baxandall’s is an attempt at the ‘social history’ of art, as is often done. The way early Renaissance painting evolved mirrors the development of various social institutions.

The body and its language 7.

I appreciate art criticism that looks at the world that surrounds the works, I think a myopic focus on the work or the artists is usually not very interesting. Oxford University Press- Architecture – pages. Time to re-read this for a class and I am loving it Berel Lang New York, This little book changed the mind experienfe many art historians and not just those of Renaissance specialists.

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Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy – Michael Baxandall – Oxford University Press

The value of skill 5. For this, Baxandall has found in an unlikely place, in the preface to the Commentary on Dante, by Cristoforo Landino baxandxll, a fascinating pictorial guide. Yet those questions themselves are so startlingly original and apt, and so precisely formulated Apr 11, Drew rated it really liked it.

Finally the focus on the painting as a material object, that one could and did contractually define in terms of both the value of the materials and the value of the labour used in creating the painting the more ultra-marine and personal input of the master the greater the value reminds me of why Lisa Jardine’s Worldly Goods felt so old fashioned – the basic argument had already been articulated. Renaissance painting, paintinv example, mirrors the experience of such activities as preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels.


De arimethica Florence, The quality of the materials used-especially a unique shade of blue, ultramarine, was regarded as an index of social standing, thereby acting as an important social filter. The book excellent for prose.

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy

And yet they do. With relevant references to quattrocento texts we are given a true perspective on the artists and the audiences on the meaning of xeperience.

Baxandall also defines and illustrates sixteen concepts used by a contemporary critic of painting, thereby assembling the basic equipment needed to explore fifteenth-century art.

I’ve found the book a very useful reference in writing and teaching, for what he subtitles, “A primer in the social history of pictorial style. But it was prove too for the painter on how much he got payed and he could reset the contract if his expanses were higher. The “polite, business-like and religious systems of discrimination” are all explained succinctly in chapter two and then with humor “it may be infected that the Quattrocento man invoked by the last chapter is just a church-going business man with a taste for dancing.

Noel Carroll, Philosophy of art: I read the chapter about the contracts, which were made to assure a painter’s good work, he had to use a certain kind of material, precise in the contract, otherwise he would not be payed or worse im I just read one chapter, which I had to for my History of Art classes.