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Rethinking the Renaissance
Burgundian Arts across Europe

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107605442

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  • In this study, Marina Belozerskaya re-establishes the importance of the Burgundian court as a center of art production and patronage in early modern Europe. Beginning with a historiographical and theoretical overview, she offers an analysis of contemporary documents and patterns of patronage, demonstrating that Renaissance tastes were formed through a fusion of international currents and art works in a variety of media. Among the most prestigious were those emanating out of the Burgundian court, which embodied prevailing contemporary values: magnificence in appearance, ceremony and surroundings, chivalry inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity, and power manifested through ingenious ensembles of luxury arts. The potency of this 'Burgundian mode' fostered a pan-European demand for its arts and their creators, with rulers in England, Germany, Spain and Italy itself eagerly acquiring Burgundian art works. This interdisciplinary study of the Burgundian arts provides a new paradigm for further inquiry into the pluralism and cosmopolitanism of the Renaissance.

    • Revolutionary interpretation of Renaissance culture
    • Numerous illustrations, many in color
    • Cross-disciplinary and multimedia approach
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    "This book is important, thought-provoking and a wonderful addition to the scholarly literature."
    Ingrid Alexander-Skipnes, University of Stavanger, International Journal of the Classical Tradition

    "Rethinking the Renaissance is a treasue house, a true thesaurus, of facts and details pertaining to the production, patronage and reception of Bugundian arts in the fifteenth century."
    Mark A. Meadow, University of California, Historians of Netherlandish Art

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107605442
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 259 x 178 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus. 25 colour illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The legacy of Vasari
    2. Through fifteenth-century eyes: the Burgundian dukes on the international arena
    3. Perceiving value: the hierarchy of the arts and their uses
    4. The politics of desire: Burgundian arts across Europe
    5. Economics of consumption: art for the masses.

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    Marina Belozerskaya, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Marina Belozerskaya is a scholar of early modern European art. She is the author, most recently, of To Wake the Dead: A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archaeology (2009) and The Medici Giraffe and Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power (2006).

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