Sense Knowledge and the Challenge of Italian Renaissance Art

Sense Knowledge and the Challenge of Italian Renaissance Art

El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt

Giles Knox examines how El Greco, Velaìzquez, and Rembrandt, though a disparate group of artists, were connected by a new self-consciousness with respect to artistic tradition. In particular, Knox considers the relationship of these artists to the art of Renaissance Italy, and sets aside nationalist art histories in order to see the period as one of fruitful exchange. Across Europe during the seventeenth century, artists read Italian-inspired writings on art and these texts informed how they contemplated their practice. Knox demonstrates how these three artists engaged dynamically with these writings, incorporating or rejecting the theoretical premises to which they were exposed. Additionally, this study significantly expands our understanding of how paintings can activate the sense of touch. Knox discusses how Velaìzquez and Rembrandt, though in quite different ways, sought to conjure for viewers thoughts about touching that resonated directly with the subject matter they depicted.
  • Half title
  • Series Information
  • Title page
  • Copyright Information
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: Polemics of Painting
  • Part One: Origin Stories and the Challenge of Italy
    • 1. El Greco: Italy, Crete, Toledo
    • 2. From El Greco to Velázquez: Juan Bautista Maíno
      • Part 1: El Greco and Maíno
      • Part 2: Velázquez and Toledo
  • Part Two: Illusion, Materiality, Touch
    • 3. Velázquez and Inversion: Making and Illusion
      • The Spinners
        • Las Meninas
          • The Forge of Vulcan and Joseph’s Bloody Coat Brought to Jacob
          • The Old Woman Cooking Eggs and Christ in the House of Mary and Martha
    • 4. Vulcan, Mars, and Venus: Erotic Touch
    • 5. Late Rembrandt I: Texture and the Skilled Touch
      • Metalwork and Jewels
      • Space and Skin
      • The Touch of the Artist and the Legacy of Titian
      • Conclusion
    • 6. Late Rembrandt II: Feeling with the Eyes
      • Touch, from the Erotic to the Familial
      • Pain
      • Reconciliation
      • Insight
      • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author
  • Index



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