Northern Renaissance Art

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This book offers a wide-ranging introduction to the way that art was made, valued, and viewed in northern Europe in the age of the Renaissance, from the late fourteenth to the early years of the sixteenth century. Drawing on a rich range of sources, from inventories and guild regulations topoetry and chronicles, it examines everything from panel paintings to carved altarpieces. While many little-known works are foregrounded, Susie Nash also presents new ways of viewing and understanding the more familiar, such as the paintings of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, and Hans Memling, by considering the social and economic context of their creation and reception.Throughout, Nash challenges the perception that Italy was the European leader in artistic innovation at this time, demonstrating forcefully that Northern art, and particularly that of the Southern Netherlands, dominated visual culture throughout Europe in this crucial period.

Author Biography

Susie Nash is senior lecturer in Northern Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is also the founder and director of the Courtauld Institute Summer School programme and has published widely on northern Renaissance art, including most recently a study of the famous Well of Moses by Claus Sluter.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Major Sea and Land Trade Routesp. x
The Burgundian Netherlandsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Problems and Perspectives
Dispersal and Destructionp. 11
Italian Perspectivesp. 27
Sources and Documentsp. 39
Physical Evidence and Technical Examinationp. 55
Markets for Art: Centres, Products, and Patrons
Centresp. 71
Productsp. 87
Patrons: Importing Art and Artistsp. 101
Marketing Art: Artists and the Contexts of Creation
The de Limbourgs in the Service of Jean de Berryp. 115
Hans Memling Painting Panels in Brugesp. 121
Printmakers in the Rhine Valley Inventing, Marketing, and Distributing Imagesp. 129
Declaring Authorship and Expertise: Signatures and Self-Portraitsp. 143
Making Images: Equipment, Materials, Methods
Workspace and Equipmentp. 157
The Workforcep. 179
Materials, Methods, and Technical Virtuosityp. 197
Using and Viewing
Moving Imagesp. 229
Settings, Vistas, and Accoutrements for Mass and Prayerp. 255
Meditation and Imaginationp. 271
Notesp. 289
List of Illustrationsp. 315
Bibliographic Essayp. 325
Indexp. 335
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