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The Northern Renaissance


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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Art, Artists and the Marketplace; 2. Court Art and the Ars Nova; 3. Art in the Cities; 4. Early Independent Portraiture and Domestic Art; 5. Private and Devotional Art; 6. Faith in Art; 7. The Art of Dying Well; 8. Prints; 9. The Knowledgeable Artist; 10. The Art of Nature and Human Nature; 11. Art and the Reformation; 12. Courts and Cities; Glossary; Brief Biographies; Key Dates; Map; Further Reading; Index

About the Author

Jeffrey Chipps Smith is the Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include German Sculpture of the Later Renaissance and Sensuous Worship, the Jesuits and the Early Catholic Reformation in Germany.


'brilliant, [a] comprehensive survey' The Independent, 20 August 2004 'As always from this publisher, the pictures in the book are printed to the highest quality and help the reader appreciate the comprehensive but readable text - it is enjoyable enough experience to simply browse through the book - like having an art gallery in one's home' Antony Clay, Leeds Weekly News, 5 August 2004 'it has always been a mystery to why the colourless nude boys and disgusting fat cherubs of the Italian Renaissance have usurped art history to the extent they have, and Jeffrey Chipps Smith's wonderful new book provides at least one good answer. - [a] magnificent and faultlessly illustrated volume.' David Goodall, The Tablet, 4 September 2004 'In northern Europe, the period 1380-1580 witnessed the creation of some truly outstanding art - Jeffrey Chipps Smith has supplied undergraduates and general readers with what has long been lacking: a concise and effective introduction to these masterworks and others. - beautifully produced - makes excellent use of its rich illustrations.' Bridget Heal, Department of Modern History, University of St. Andrews, Times Literary Supplement, 8 October 2004 'How wonderfully well this book succeeds! - a Kaleidoscope of colourful and diverse media - The interested newcomer will find many delights and much to stimulate curiosity in the this wide-ranging and evocative text - In short, this is a book for students and the general public alike. It will fascinate - and intimdate - the colleagues of Jeffrey Chipps Smith, who can only envy his rare combination of lucidity and learning. Those who chiefly think that Renaissance arts' highlights begin and end with Italy will be grateful for this handsome, affordable and accessibly authoritative introduction to a whole new world on the Continent.' Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvannia, The Art Book, February 2005 'succeeds in making a comprehensive presentation of northern European commercial and cultural activity in a way that excites admiration and arouses a desire to know more.' Graham Parry, University of York, in True Principles, The Journal of the Pugin Society, summer 2005

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