Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master

Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master

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With the rise of Michelangelo, Dürer and Titian came a new form of secular stardom experienced never before by the artist. The Renaissance artists were the first whose faces became almost as recognisable as their art. Michelangelo was stalked by fans, lauded and lambasted by critics, and depicted in unauthorised portraits. In this fascinating book, Maria Loh explores the transformation of the artist and rise to celebrity status.

Richly illustrated, Still Lives shows how this transformation was aided by the rapid growth in portraiture and self-portraiture as genres in painting and sculpture. The author explores how these new challenges confronted artists and what it meant for the image-maker to be haunted by one’s own image. How did these changes affect the everyday realities of artists and their workshops? And how did these images of the artists contribute to the way they envisaged themselves as figures in a history that would outlive them?

Review:

"This ambitious and complex book opens up the study of the Italian Renaissance with renewed theoretical and scholarly vigour Maria Loh paints a vivid portrait of the messy politics of studio culture and the new pictorial economies resulting from the printing press."--Todd Olson, University of California, Berkeley

Product Code 1040502
ISBN 9780691164960
Author Maria H Loh
Publisher Princeton University Press
Published Mar 2015
Format Hardback
Pages 328
Dimensions 28.7 x 21.3 x 2.8 cm
GTIN 9780691164960
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