Representing Renaissance Art c 1500-c 1600
The book is a pioneering study which considers the expanding iconographies of art and artists during the sixteenth century. Well established traditions, such as the depiction of artist-saints are examined, as well as the many new ways of celebrating individual artists and representing the scope of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture and Design invented during this period. The study highlights the places where such visual images were to be seen, whether in artists’ own houses, or their guild chapels and processions or in the new illustrated books about art. The book takes the time-honoured topic of investigating sixteenth-century attitudes to artistic status, but offers a new approach in examining the visual evidence, rather than the much studied textual data. Through considering this visual imagery, the views of many artists who did not publish their ideas may be considered afresh.