Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book: Art of the Northern Renaissance: Courts, Commerce and Devotion

In this lucid account, Stephanie Porras charts the fascinating story of art in northern Europe during the Renaissance period (c.1400–1570). She explains how artists and patrons from the regions north of the Alps – the Low Countries, France, England, Germany – responded to an era of rapid political, social, economic and religious change, while redefining the status of art. Porras discusses not only paintings by artists from Jan van Eyck to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but also sculpture, architecture, prints, metalwork, embroidery, tapestry and armour.

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Conrad von Soest  (1370–) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q704984
Deutsch: Passionsaltar (Wildungen-Altar)
Medium tempera on wood
Dimensions 188 × 152 cm (74 × 59.8 in)

Each chapter presents works from a roughly 20-year period and also focuses on a broad thematic issue, such as the flourishing of the print industry or the mobility of Northern artists and art works. The author traces the influence of aristocratic courts as centres of artistic production and the rise of an urban merchant class, leading to the creation of new consumers and new art products. This book offers a richly illustrated narrative that allows readers to understand the progression, variety and key conceptual developments of Northern Renaissance art.

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The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck
  • Laurence King Publishing Ltd. 
  • Hardback
  • 135 illustrations
  • 240 pages
  • 9½ x 6½ in
  • ISBN 9781786271655
  • Published February 2018

About the Author

Stephanie Porras is Assistant Professor of Art History at Tulane University. She has published widely on the art of the Northern Renaissance and is the author of the book Pieter Bruegel's Historical Imagination.
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