The Sacred Image in the Age of Art

Titian, Tintoretto, Barocci, El Greco, Caravaggio

Marcia B. Hall

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Underlying the religious art of the Renaissance is a tension between the needs of the Church and the impulse to create great works. This beautifully illustrated book presents sacred images from the 15th and 16th centuries, leading up to two pivotal events in 1563. The Council of Trent, which signified the beginning of the Counter-Reformation, defined requirements that curtailed the freedom of painters and patrons in creating art for churches, while the founding of the Accademia del Disegno in Florence symbolically acknowledged that artists had achieved the status of creators not craftsmen. Marcia B. Hall takes a fresh look at some of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance not typically associated with sacred imagery and shows how they navigated their way through the paradox of "limited freedom" to forge a new kind of religious art.

Marcia B. Hall is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, and a specialist in Italian Renaissance art.

“Exquisitely illustrated . . . illuminating . . . [Hall] elucidates artist techniques through clear definitions and surprisingly enlightening links to twentieth-century artists . . . a highly intelligent and cohesive whole.”—Jeremy W. H. Arnold, Religious Studies Review 

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Fine Arts category. 

Shortlisted for the 2011 ACE Mercers' International Book Award (UK Award)
ISBN: 9780300169676
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
352 pages, 9 x 11
30 b/w + 200 color illus.
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