Art and Architecture in France, 1500–1700

Anthony F. Blunt; Revised by Richard Beresford

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November 10, 1999
332 pages, 9 x 10 1/2
261 b/w + 75 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300077483
Paper

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in France were an epoch of spectacular artistic activity, exemplified by the chateaux of the Loire valley, the palace of Versailles, the paintings of Poussin and Claude, and the sculpture of Coysevox, which echo the political and cultural importance of France and the "Sun King." Anthony Blunt presents major artists and their principal works chronologically, provides an overview of the main projects of the period and of the artistic personalities behind them, and clearly sets the historical context.

This new edition, of one of the classics of the Pelican History of Art series, has been revised and updated with color illustrations and a new bibliography.

"No other scholar could have achieved so fine a synthesis over such a wide field"—Jean AdhŽmar, Burlington Magazine


"Blunt`s treatment of artists like Bellange and Callot, François Mansart and Claude are masterpieces of historical analysis, and the chapter on Nicolas Poussin will long remain the most congenial synthesis of this great painter`s aims and ideas."—Rudolf Wittkower, The Listener

 

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“It is as a teaching text and reference work that Blunt’s book is particularly successful. . . . This book . . . remains the best account of the subject.”—Andrew Hopkins, Sixteenth Century Journal



“The Blunt synthesis retains its coherence, its clarity and its synthetic power half a century after its initial appearance. Moreover, its one-volume format, now more attractive than ever, makes it a natural first acquaintance for the newcomer to this period and for students.”—Larry Silver, The Art Book

“An impressive collection of information and more than 300 images detailing the creation of many of France’s priceless artistic treasures, from the lives of the artists to the historical context that influenced their work.”—France Today


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