Cambridge Companions

The Cambridge Companion to Masaccio ( M Masac .M43 C36 2002) explores the visual, intellectual, and religious culture of Renaissance Florence in the age of Masaccio, 1401–1428. Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars and conservators, the essays in this volume investigate the artistic, civic, and sacred contexts of Masaccio’s works and the sites in which they were seen. They also reassess the artist’s connection to the past, especially to medieval workshop practices, ancient and Gothic art, as well as his novel experiments with technique, perspective, and narrative. Collectively, they re-evaluate his association with Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, and his collaborator Masolino.  Coincides with 600th anniversary of Masaccio’s birth and the unveiling of the newly restored Trinity, a famous work, as well several scholarly symposia on the artist.

 A great master of the early Renaissance, Piero della Francesca ( M Piero .F78 C26 2002 ) created paintings for ecclesiastics, confraternities, and illustrious nobles throughout the Italian peninsula. Since the early twentieth century, the rational space, abstract designs, lucid illumination and naturalistic details of his pictures have attracted a wide audience. Piero’s treatises on mathematics and perspective also fascinate scholars in a wide range of disciplines. This Companion brings together new essays that offer a synthesis and overview of Piero’s life and accomplishments as a painter and theoretician. They explore a variety of themes associated with the artist’s career, including the historical and religious circumstances surrounding Piero’s altarpieces and frescoes; the politics underlying his portraits; the significance of clothing in his paintings; the influence of his theories on perspective and mathematics; and the artist’s enduring fascination for modern painters and writers.

Johannes Vermeer (1632–75) has long been heralded as one of the greatest Dutch painters of the Golden Age. As the spectacular success of recent exhibitions on this artist confirms, Vermeer’s work continues to fascinate specialists and laypersons alike. The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer ( M Verme .V5 C36 2001 ) offers a systematic overview of the artist’s life and work that will be useful to specialists, students, and the general public. Its eleven essays include studies of the artist’s development and approach to painting, women as a subject in Vermeer’s work, the role of Catholicism in Vermeer’s life and art, and the artist’s reputation during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, among other topics. Collectively, these essays provide a balanced and enlightening examination of many different aspects of Vermeer’s art.

The Cambridge Companion to Velázquez ( M Velaz .V4 C337 2002 ) offers a synthetic overview of one of the greatest painters of Golden Age Spain and seventeenth century Europe as a whole. With contributions from art historians and those working in other disciplines, this book offers fresh approaches to the vast literature on this artist. Velázquez’s portraits of his patron, King Philip IV, and his wives are examined by two historians in an effort to reconstruct their reception and readings by contemporaries. Two historians of Golden Age Spanish literature provide an interdisciplinary account of the relationships between poetry, theater, and the visual arts at the Spanish court, as practiced by Velázquez, the poet Francisco de Quevedo and the dramatist, Calderón de la Barca. An expert on the history of Spanish music offers an unprecedented examination of how instruments ‘play’ in Velázquez’s compositions.

The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix ( M Delac .D338 C36 2001 ) serves as an introduction to one of the most important and most complex artists of the nineteenth century. Providing an overview of his life and career, this volume offers essays by leading authorities on the artist’s pictorial practice, the stylistic range over Classicism and Romanticism, his writings, both private diary notations and published articles, and his impact on modern aesthetics, among other topics. Designed to serve as an essential resource for students of French nineteenth-century art history, cultural history, and literature, The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix also provides a chronology of the artist’s life, set into its political and cultural contexts, as well as a list of suggested further readings in the topic areas.


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