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Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social… (1972)

by Michael Baxandall

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This book is both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting, and a primer in how to read social history out of the style of pictures. It examines the commercial practice of the early Renaissance picture, trade in contracts, letters, and accounts; and it explains how the visual skills and habits evolved in the daily life of any society enter into its painters' style. Renaissance painting is related for instance to experience of such activities as preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels. This second edition contains an appendix, the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, giving the student access to all the relevant, authentic sources.… (more)

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Short and sweet. His concept of the "period eye" is the stand-out feature of his argument, suggesting the links between everyday social and visual practices and high art. One only wishes the book was longer, as he passes over some tantalizing concepts and analyses of specific artworks with some haste.
  pranogajec | Jul 16, 2010 |
Seems like a good book, haven't read it yet though
  vikEE1 | Jul 14, 2008 |
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