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Images and Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Painting (Princeton Essays on the Arts; 6)

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Art historians have often minimized the variety and complexity of seventeenth-century Spanish painting by concentrating on individual artists and their works and by stressing discovery of new information rather than interpretation. As a consequence, the painter emerges in isolation from the forces that shaped his work. Jonathan Brown offers another approach to the subject by relating important Spanish Baroque paintings and painters to their cultural milieu.

A critical survey of the historiography of seventeenth-century Spanish painting introduces this two-part collection of essays. Part One provides the most detailed study to date of the artistic-literary academy of Francisco Pacheco, and Part Two contains original studies of four major painters and their works: Las Meninas of Velázquez, Zurbarán's decoration of the sacristy at Guadalupe, and the work by Murillo and Valdés Leal for the Brotherhood of Charity, Seville. The essays are unified by the author's intention to show how the artists interacted with and responded to the prevailing social, theological, and historical currents of the time. While this contextual approach is not uncommon in the study of European art, it is newly applied here to restore some of the diversity and substance that Spanish Baroque painting originally possessed.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction:Observations on the historiography of seventeenth-century Spanish painting
  2. pt. 1.Theory and art in the academy of Francisco Pacheco:A community of scholars
  3. El arte de la Pintura as an academy document
  4. Theory into practice: the arts and the academy
  5. pt. 2.Painters and programs:On the meaning of Las Meninas
  6. Zurbaran's paintings in the sacristy of the Monastery of Guadalupe
  7. Hieroglyphs of death and salvation: the decoration of the Church of the Hermandad de la Caridad, Seville.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691003153
Author:
Brown, Jonathan
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Art and society
Subject:
Painting, modern
Subject:
Painting, spanish
Subject:
In art
Subject:
Painting, Baroque
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Painting, Spanish--17th century
Subject:
Catholic Church - In art
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Art
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Essays on the Arts; 6
Series Volume:
429
Publication Date:
January 1979
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
201
Dimensions:
9.27x6.13x.52 in. .79 lbs.

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