Distance Points: Essays in Theory and Renaissance Art and Architecture

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MIT Press, 1994 - Art - 561 pages
"James Ackerman's essays are nuggets of pure gold in the mainstream of American cultural history. They exemplify the very best art history has achieved in our time."
-- Irving Lavin, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University These essays by one of America's foremost historians of art and architecture range over theory and criticism, the search for connections between art and science in the Renaissance, and specific works of Renaissance architecture.

The largest group of essays, dealing with the character of Renaissance architecture, are models of art historical scholarship in their direct approach to identifying the essentials of a building and the social and intellectual context in which they should be viewed. Another group of essays explores encounters between the traditions of artistic practice and early optics and color theory. The three essays that begin this collection bring to light the intellectual and moral concerns that underlie all of Ackerman's art historical work.


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Early Renaissance Naturalism and Scientific Illustration
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Architectural Practice in the Italian Renaissance
The Gesu in the Light of Contemporary Church Design
The Geopolitics of Venetan Architecture in the Time of Titian

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James S. Ackerman, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Harvard University, is the author of books on Michelangelo's architecture, Palladio, and the villa.He is the winner of the Balzan Prize 2001 in the category of history of architecture, which includes town planning and landscape design presented by the International Balzan Foundation.

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