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A Documentary History of Art, Vol 1: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Anchor Book)
A Documentary History of Art Vol 1 The Middle Ages and the Renaissance - Anchor Book Author:Selected and Edited by Elizabeth Gilmore Holt ISBN: 0-385-09320-9 — The writings of artists,architects, clerics and philosophers of the tenth through sixteenth centuries provide extraordinary insights into the artistic life of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In selections from notebooks, letters, treatises and contracts, the personalities and conditions of the times take on new and dee... more »per meaning and the stylistic and philosophical concerns during these intensely creative years are revealed.
The writings in this volume range from Raoul Glaber's famous treatise of 1003 on the synthesis of old and new art forms to the writings of Leonardo and Durer on anatomy, perspective and the re-cration of reality; and gradually, the medieval conception of life, inspired and dominated by the Church, evolves into the great reawakening, in which man assumes primary importance for art. Much of the material has never been available in English before and nowhere has such a body of sources been collected together for the English speaking student.
Volume I of A Documentary History of Art is an expansion and revision of the first and second sections of the Literary Sources of Art History published by Princeton University Press. Also available in the Anchor series are Volume II, Michelangelo and the Mannerists: The Baroque and the Eighteen Century and Volume III, From the Classicists to the Impressionists: Art and Architecture in the Nineteenth Century.
Cover painting from The Tower of Babel, a scene taken from John Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford's Book of Hours and Psalter, most likely executed under the direction of the illuminator, Herman Scheerre, at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Couresy, The British Museum.