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Artists at Court: Image-Making and Identity 1300-1550

Artists at Court: Image-Making and Identity 1300-1550

by Stephen J. Campbell


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Many artists in Renaissance Europe worked for rulers who maintained courts, yet not all of them can be accurately called "court artists." The essays featured in Artists at Court explore the experiences and artistic works of artists for whom princely service was a crucial step in their career.

The contributors to this volume examine the court artist's working conditions in administrative and ceremonial capacities and how the artists' royal clients may have influenced perceptions of the artist's role and of art itself. They discuss famous artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Claus Sluter, and Albrecht Dürer, as well as the lesser-known creators of impressive works produced for famous patrons, including the poet Petrarch, the Dukes of Savoy, and the Bentivoglio rulers of Bologna. Their examination raises questions such as: How did the artist's terms of employment compare with those of other court functionaries? To what extent did court employment correspond with the elevated characterizations of art and artists that began appearing in art treatises by Filarete, Leonardo, and Vasari, among others?

A fascinating volume that challenges the traditional dichotomy between the alleged freedom of artists working under early capitalism and the supposed subordination of "craftsmen" working for autocratic rulers, Artists at Court probes the truth behind alternately romantic and oppressed conceptions of the Renaissance artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780914660231
Publisher: Gardner, Isabella Stewart Museum
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Series: Supreme Court Economic Review Ser.
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen J. Campbell is professor in the history of art at The Johns Hopkins University and the author of Cosme Tura of Ferrara: Style, Politics, and the Renaissance City, 1450-1495.

Table of Contents

Stephen J. Campbell
Painting as Performance in the Italian Renaissance Court
Evelyn Welch
"Symone nostro senensi iocundissima":  The Court Artist, Heart, Mind, and Hand
C. Jean Campbell
"The Will of a Princely Patron" and Artists at the Burgundian Court
Sherry C. M. Lindquist
Reflections on the Arts at the Court of the Dukes of Savoy (1416-1536)
Frédéric Elsig
Bologna's Bentivoglio Family and its Artists:  Overview of a Quattrocento Court in the Making
David J. Drogin
Mantegna's Triumph:  The Cultural Politics of Imitation "all'antica" at the Court of Mantua, 1490-1530
Stephen J. Campbell
Leonardo and Leonardism in Sforza Milan
Luke Syson
Margaret of Austria, Ornament, and the Court Style of Brou
Ethan Matt Kavaler
"Reddita lux est":  Raphael and the Pursuit of Sacred Eloquence in Leonine Rome
Kim E. Butler
Civic Courtship:  Albrecht Dürer, the Saxon Duke, and the Emperor
Larry Silver
"Il Gran Miniatore" at the Court of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese
Elena Calvillo
Dosso Dossi and Celio Calcagnini at the Court of Ferrara
Giancarlo Fiorenza
The French Renaissance:  An Unfinished Project
Rebecca Zorach
Notes on the Text
Notes on the Authors

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