Seventeenth-century Art and Architecture

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Laurence King Publishing, 2005 - Architecture - 426 pages
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Encompassing the socio-political, cultural background of the period, this book takes a fresh look at the careers of the Old Masters and many lesser-known artists. Italy is the logical place to begin this geographical tour, not least because it was a magnet for Flemish and French artists, and because Italian artists were prized by the Spanish, French, and English courts. Subsequent chapters focus on Flanders, Spain, France, the Dutch Republic, and England. The increasingly popular secularization of art is reflected in mythological and biblical themes with obvious erotic content. Commissions increasingly originated from upper middle-class patrons seeking portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, and still-lifes. Covering artistic developments across six countries and examining in detail many of the artworks on display, this book demonstrates considerable breadth and depth. Reflecting the latest developments in research, it is written with great clarity, knowledge, and affection, and is a true tribute to its subject.
  

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Contents

The Carracci Reform
6
Painting in Rome 15851610
21
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
34
Caravaggios Italian Followers
50
The Carracci Succession in Rome and Bologna
56
Architecture and City Planning in Rome 16251680
78
Italian Sculpture
85
Painting in Rome 16231680
113
FRANCE
243
French Sculpture
254
THE DUTCH REPUBLIC
311
Frans Hals and Dutch Portraiture
319
Town Planning and Architectural Developments in Haarlem and Amsterdam
327
Painting in Amsterdam
333
Dutch Genre Painting before 1650
356
Landscape Painting before 1650
378

Painting in Naples
134
FLANDERS
143
Anthony van Dyck
174
Jacob Jordaens
182
SPAIN
195
Spanish Painting 16501700 232
229
ENGLAND
387
Palladianism and Architectural Planning in London
396
ENLOGUE
407
Picture Credits
416
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