French Art: The Renaissance, 1430-1620
The first volume opens with the artifacts left behind by the earliest inhabitants of the area that forms modern France - prehistoric cave dwellers, Celts, Gallo-Romans, and Merovingians - which are examined in Part I, along with the stunning artistic achievements of Charlemagne and his Carolingian successors. Part II explores the development of monumental Romanesque and Gothic sculpture and architecture, as well as the growing importance of manuscript illumination, ivory carving, and precious metalwork. The late Gothic period is the subject of the last section, which concludes with the highly refined and stylized courtly art of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries - the final and perfect flowering of the medieval world.
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Perhaps because it was not in the vanguard of European art during the Renaissance, French art of this period has not garnered much appreciation or consideration outside of France. This translation of Chastel's magnificent overview should help redress the oversight in the English-speaking world. Against a background of the exigencies of royal, aristocratic, and ecclesiastical patronage, an extravagant universe of painting, sculpture, architecture, stained glass, tapestries, illuminated books, graphic arts, interior decoration, and garden design emerges here. While elaborating the persistence of the Gothic tradition and articulating the appearance of a distinctively French stylistic vision, Chastel, an editor and a professor at the Sorbonne, never allows us to lose sight of France's intricate, ongoing, and ever more significant Italianate relationship. Critical individuals, regional traditions, thematic peculiarities, and historical vicissitudes likewise receive their due. This volume combines a wealth of splendid reproductions with a text graced by acute perceptions, vast cultural scope, and a commanding scholarship easily borne. A vital acquisition for all collections, general and scholarly.--Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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I went through no fewer than 50 links to find the thumbnail of this bookjacket for everyone. Chastel is a wonderful writer. I'll get back to you with the title of another one of his books (Romanticism ...
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