Rethinking the Baroque

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Helen Hills
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Art - 243 pages
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Retrieving the term 'baroque' from the margins of art history, where it has been sidelined as 'anachronistic', scholars from a range of disciplines reconsider the usefulness of the term 'baroque', while avoiding simply rehearsing familiar policing of periodization, stylistic boundaries, categories or essence. They demonstrate that it is a productive means to engage with visual culture, particularly architectural history and theory. The book explores a tension. In recent years, the idea of 'baroque' or 'the baroque' has been seized upon by scholars from a range of disciplines and the term 'baroque' has consequently been much in evidence in writings on contemporary culture, especially architecture and entertainment. Most of the scholars concerned have little knowledge of the art, literature, and history of the period usually associated with the baroque.
 

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Contents

RETHINKING THE BARQQUE INTRODUCTION
3
BAROQUE TRADITIONS
7
Malerisch the Autonomy
39
The Limits of Style
65
A Personal Iourney
83
The Real in the Rococo
143
BNAMINS BAROQUE
161
Baroque Matters
183
The Baroque Fold as Map and as Diagram
203
Bibliography
219
Index
235
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Helen Hills is Professor of Art History at the University of York, UK. She has published widely on seventeenth-century Italian architecture, including Invisible City: the architecture of devotion in aristocratic convents in baroque Naples. She is the editor of Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2003) and co-editor of Representing Emotions (Ashgate, 2005).

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