The Plains of Mars

European War Prints, 1500-1825, from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation

James Clifton and Leslie Scattone; With Emine Fetvaci, Ira Gruber, and Larry Silver

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From 1500 to 1825, Europe remained in an almost perpetual state of war. Religion, politics, economics, and dynastic ambition all played a role in the turmoil that spread across the continent. War-related printed images also proliferated during this time, serving a variety of functions—commemorative, propagandistic, iconic, narrative, eulogistic, critical, or instructional.

 

This handsome volume is the first graphic print survey of the theme of war in the early modern period. Featuring work by such artists as Dürer, Goya, and Géricault, the book presents varied images of soldiers; battles (including specific historical events); production, innovation, and instruction in arms and armor; and representations of abstract concepts related to war and peace. The text includes essays by eminent authorities that illuminate artistic and historical issues of the era.

James Clifton is the director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Leslie Scattone is assistant curator at the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (February 7 – May 10, 2009)

ISBN: 9780300137224
Publication Date: April 6, 2009
Co-publisher: Published in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
254 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 3/4
164 b/w + 5 color illus.
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