Reframing the Renaissance

Visual Culture in Europe and Latin America, 1450-1650

Edited by Claire Farago

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November 29, 1995
408 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
113 b/w + 20 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300062953

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How did the extensive cultural exchange between the Old and New Worlds that took place during the sixteenth century affect artistic practice and discussions of art at that time? In this book distinguished Renaissance art historians reevaluate the Eurocentrism of Italian Renaissance art history by envisioning how the history of Renaissance art would look if cultural interaction and the conditions of reception became the primary focus. Scholars such as Anthony Cutler, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Martin Kemp, Cecelia Klein, and Claudia Lazzaro examine the function, reception, and influence of specific kinds of images and other manufactured objects as they were disseminated around the globe, particularly between Renaissance Italy and Latin America.

The first section, on historiography, identifies significant problems in past conceptualizations of Renaissance art. The next essays examine the conceptual frameworks in which visual representation functioned in Europe and Latin America. The third section discusses early collecting practices and cultural exchange in Europe. Three essays then present case studies of culturally hybrid images—of unruly women, colonial maps, and ethnic stereotypes—in intercultural perspective. In the epilogue, W.J.T. Mitchell examines contemporary views of how we construct the human subject.

Bringing together the familiar and the unfamiliar in a highly thought-provoking way, the book is an important contribution to many fields of study, including historiography, Latin American art, and Renaissance studies.

Claire Farago is associate professor of art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"Conceptually and collectively, this immensely rich collection aims at defining a new course for the study of Renaissance visual culture focused on cultural exchange."—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"The sheer variety of the contributions to Reframing the Renaissance and the bravery of individual scholars in broaching new areas for intellectual consideration is what, in the end, makes this book so exciting."—Anabel Thomas, Art History

"For art historians, this volume provides an invaluable resource, not only in terms of fresh information, but also in terms of suggesting alternate ways of thinking about standard issues and raising new areas for exploration. However, the book is also valuable to historians of a wide variety of disciplines, for, in addition to providing information on fields such as sociology, cartographic history, women's studies, history of science, the Catholic Reformation, and colonialism, it also fulfills its main objective of causing many of us to look at the period of the Renaissance in an altered and more informed manner."—Julia DeLancey, Sixteenth Century Journal

"This is genuinely challenging material which often provides fascinating insights into the individual case-studies. . . . Yale University Press has produced a demanding work which is the clear winner in terms of excellence of illustration and design."—Evelyn Welch, English Historical Review