Gerard David: Purity of Vision in an Age of Transition

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998 - 348 pages
Ainsworth (Senior Conservation Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) examines the work of the great Bruges painter Gerard David (ca. 1455-1523), focusing on the motivating forces behind the startling changes in his work caused by shifting devotional practices, changing art markets, the accommodation of foreign art clients, and the evolving secular nature of painting demanded by the newly wealthy middle class in the early years of the 16th century. Illustrations, some 343 in all, include abundant comparative material, such as drawings and workshop copies, as well as 69 superb color reproductions. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Gerard David (c.1455-1523) has often been dismissed as simply another Flemish artist. But Ainsworth (art history, Columbia Univ.) uses exciting methods to prove otherwise. Through infrared photography ... Read full review



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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City needs no introduction. It is the preeminent art museum in the Americas and rivaled by few European museums. In fact, for sheer quality and breadth of collection, it has no equal.

Ainsworth is senior research fellow in the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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