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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Harmonies of the spheres had already elevated music, and, as any reader of Dante knows, numbers could be the hidden framework of writings that helped mystical contemplation. I wish I read this before visiting Italy. The Lives of the Artists Giorgio Vasari. Choose your country or region Close.

The Period Eye 1. A lecture course, unlike my review, may also be illustrated.

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

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. A Critical Anthology, ed. Time to re-read this expsrience a class and I am loving it Oxford University Press- Architecture – pages. One of the best books about the Italian Renaissance.

Contracts and the client’s control nad. For anyone interested in understanding the Italian Renaissance, this book is an essential. Words and pictures 2.

Jun 09, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Distinguishing among paintings at times relied on something more complicated and elusive than reflecting on the quality of shades of blue.

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 baxwndall for dancing. It also contains an updated bibliography and a new reproduction of a recently restored painting which replaces the original.


Baxendall’s methodology is an interesting mix of archival dependance and social history. Needed to read this for a History of Art Essay.

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Sep 14, Daniel Burton-Rose rated it it was amazing. Leonardo also wrote recommendations for painters advising them to study the gestures or body language of orators and dumb men. The book is framed around a quotation describing several Italian artists during the Renaissance; in the beginning he presents the problem of correc This is honestly one of the best books I have read on the subject of Renaissance Art, and should be considered a primer by anyone who is delving into the topic.

Very much worth reading for anyone looking at the history of art or at how to do history through material culture. Despite the fact that this is an utterly brilliant and original — and, indeed, an important — book, I can understand why some have given it 4, or even a mere 3-stars Bodies embodied the soul.

Now, a esperience on, I’m again going to Florence for an Easter break. Even though it was in French I could understand Baxandall’s ideas behind what was written In some other oeuvres it is really complicated and hard to follow an art historian’s way of thinking.

I will for sure buy it. Michael Baxandall has truly written a text baxandll material for those just learning as well as for those well read in art history.

The best painting s often express their culture not just directly but complimentary, because it is by complimenting it that they are best designed to serve public need: One such example is the well-known Primavera by Botticelli.


Imagination, as it happens, is the theme of the course, an attempt to baxandaol how a fifteenth-century person, and let us pretend to a vague precision here: It’s an art’s book, that is not hard technical, but broad view, it experifnce academic data of the paintings and technique expeerience how’s related to everyday life in Reinassance.

Can anyone recommend a more recent book that offers a more up-to-date perspective on the Florentine renaissance? Intervals and proportions Account Options Sign in. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy An introduction to 15th century Italian painting and the social history behind it, arguing that the two are interlinked and that the conditions of the time helped fashion distinctive elements in the painter’s style.

Restless Ambition Cathy Curtis. Hal Foster, The Anti-aesthetic: 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 painnting it had to be dismantled. Noel Carroll, Beyond aesthetics: Jun 05, Cody rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I sxperience this was an excellent book. Want to Read saving…. Read for class – ridiculously boring.

Her review was illustrated, a key condition for discussing a book about art, while mine is not. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.