The lives of paintings presence, agency and likeness in Venetian art of the sixteenth century /

"As this book shows, paintings in 16th-century Venice were often treated as living beings. On the basis of case studies, its author offers a detailed examination of the agency paintings and other two-dimensional images could exert. Grounded in the theoretical literature on the agency of materia...

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Author / Creator: Kessel, Elsje van (Author)
Format: Electronic eBook
Language:English
Imprint: Boston : De Gruyter, 2017.
Series:Studien aus dem Warburg-Haus ; 18
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Online Access:Available in ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete.
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Summary:"As this book shows, paintings in 16th-century Venice were often treated as living beings. On the basis of case studies, its author offers a detailed examination of the agency paintings and other two-dimensional images could exert. Grounded in the theoretical literature on the agency of material things, the book contributes to Venetian studies as well as engaging with wider debates on the attribution of life and presence to images and objects"--

In sixteenth-century Venice, paintings were often treated as living beings. As this book shows, paintings attended dinner parties, healed the sick, made money, and became involved in love affairs. Presenting a range of case studies, Elsje van Kessel offers a detailed examination of the agency paintings and other two-dimensional images could exert. This lifelike agency is not only connected to the seemingly naturalistic style of these images - works by Titian, Giorgione and their contemporaries, illustrated here in over 150 plates. It is also brought in relation to their social-historical contexts, meticulously unravelled through archival research. Grounded in the theoretical literature on the agency of material things, The Lives of Paintings contributes to Venetian studies as well as engaging with wider debates on the attribution of life and presence to images and objects.

Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:9783110493467 (online)
9783110495775 (online)
9783110495805 (online)
Author Notes:

Elsje van Kessel, University of St Andrews.