Federico Barocci: allure and devotion in late Renaissance painting

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YALE University Press, 2008 - Art - 292 pages

Federico Barocci was among the most admired painters in sixteenth-century Italy, but the distinctive nature of his compelling altarpieces and their historical importance have never been fully understood. This important study relates Barocci’s achievements to transformations in the theory and practice of painting during an era in which pictorial developments generated deep tensions for ecclesiastical art.


Barocci was celebrated as one of the only painters whose religious works combined the sensuous allure increasingly desired in modern art with profound devotion. Through a close study of Barocci’s work and of documents ranging from letters to art theory, Stuart Lingo reconstructs how the painter accomplished his artistic and cultural miracle. In so doing, he offers new insights into critical artistic issues in the late Renaissance, from the cultural significance of stylistic choices to the early development of analogies between painting and music as affective arts.

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Admired in 16th-century Italy for combining the aesthetics of religious devotion with the sensuous allure of "modern" painting in his altarpieces that graced northern and central Italian churches ... Read full review


one Orders of Reform 13 IN BAROCClS COLORING
three History into Mystery 63 conclusion SightReading the Vatican

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Stuart Lingo is assistant professor of Renaissance Art in the Division of Art History, School of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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