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This book forms the third of a series of three volumes produced by The Open University and together entitled 'Renaissance Art Reconsidered'. The other two volumes are "Making Renaissance Art" and "Locating Renaissance Art". While the first two volumes focus on different issues surrounding the production of works of art, this book explores patterns of viewing and consuming art in the period leading up to the Reformation.

This book explores key themes in the making of Renaissance painting, sculpture, architecture, and prints: the use of specific techniques and materials, theory and practice, change and continuity in artistic procedures, conventions and values. It also reconsiders the importance of mathematical perspective, the assimilation of the antique revival, and the illusion of life.

The fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries were a time of greeat prosperity for the Low Countries, and the religious art produced there at this time was of correspondingly high quality. This volume, the result of many years of research, covers late medieval sculpture from this region now to be found in English Churches or collections. The pieces have arrived in England as a result of two distinct processes. Some were exported to England at the time of production (although the religious upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries leaves this group disappointingly small).

Event date
Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 09:30

Organised in collaboration with the Open University, this study day explored the role and practice of collaboration in the making of art and design during the Renaissance. The day examined collaborations between centres of production and between individuals, as well as the overlaps and exchange between different media, disciplines and countries. It included talks relating closely to the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries by curators and conservators from the project team, and art historians from the Open University.

Event date
Friday, March 12, 2010 - 10:00

Descent from the Cross - 1866The course team for the Open University Art History Course Renaissance Art Reconsidered, AA315, began an annual collaboration with the Walker Art Gallery in 2009. An Open University art history lecturer gives a Friday lunchtime lecture based on one of the works in the Walker Art gallery.

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