Anachronic Renaissance

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Zone Books, 2010 - Architecture - 455 pages
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In this widely anticipated book, two leading contemporary art historians offer a subtle and profound reconsideration of the problem of time in the Renaissance. Alexander Nagel and Christopher Wood examine the meanings, uses, and effects of chronologies, models of temporality, and notions of originality and repetition in Renaissance images and artifacts. Anachronic Renaissance reveals a web of paths traveled by works and artists--a landscape obscured by art history's disciplinary compulsion to anchor its data securely in time. The buildings, paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and medals discussed were shaped by concerns about authenticity, about reference to prestigious origins and precedents, and about the implications of transposition from one medium to another. Byzantine icons taken to be Early Christian antiquities, the acheiropoieton (or "image made without hands"), the activities of spoliation and citation, differing approaches to art restoration, legends about movable buildings, and forgeries and pastiches: all of these emerge as basic conceptual structures of Renaissance art. Although a work of art does bear witness to the moment of its fabrication, Nagel and Wood argue that it is equally important to understand its temporal instability: how it points away from that moment, backward to a remote ancestral origin, to a prior artifact or image, even to an origin outside of time, in divinity. This book is not the story about the Renaissance, nor is it just a story. It imagines the infrastructure of many possible stories.

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Contents

Plural Temporality of the Work of Art
7
n The Image of the Image of Our Lady
21
1n What Is Substitution?
29
1v An Antique Statue of Christ
37
v1 Architectural Models
51
vn Double Origins of the Christian Temple
65
vIn Icon Maintenance
71
x1 Substitution Symbolized
109
xv1 Citation and Spoliation
175
xvn NeoCosmatesque
185
xv1n Movable Buildings
195
Pastiche
291
AntiArchitecture
301
Limits of Substitution
331
xxv1n Space for Fiction
347
Acknowledgments
367

x1I Author and Acheiropoieton
123
x1n Antiquity of Buildings Overrated
137
x1v NonActual Histories of Architecture
149
Index
447
Copyright

About the author (2010)

Alexander Nagel is Professor of Renaissance Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, and the author of Michelangelo and the Reform of Art. Christopher S. Wood is Professor in the Department of History of Art, Yale University. He is the author of Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape, and the editor of The Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s (Zone Books, 2000).

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