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Alpers, Svetlana

Works: 142 works in 423 publications in 9 languages and 7,432 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Anecdotes  Biography  Biographies  Photobooks  Catalogues raisonnés 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Scribe, Other, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: ND646, 759.9492
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Most widely held works about Svetlana Alpers
Most widely held works by Svetlana Alpers
The art of describing : Dutch art in the seventeenth century by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

84 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constantijn Huygens and The New World -- "Ut pictura, ita visio": Kepler's model of the eye and the nature of picturing in the North -- "With a sincere hand and a faithful eye": The craft of representation -- The mapping impulse in Dutch art -- Looking at words: the representation of texts in Dutch art -- Epilogue: Vermeer and Rembrandt -- Appendix: On the emblematic interpretation of Dutch art
Rembrandt's enterprise : the studio and the market by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the implications of the discovery that several major paintings attributed to Rembrandt were painted by his students, and looks at Rembrandt's style, models, studio, and relationship to the art marketplace
The making of Rubens by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rubens has long been considered a remarkably successful, prolific, and fleshly painter, a frequenter of the courts of the great. He is more admired than loved in our time, in contrast to the troubled figure of Rembrandt. This book takes up basic questions about Rubens's art and life, studies two of his bacchic paintings in detail, and discovers him in a less easy and more identifiably modern predicament. The first problem Alpers addresses is one of the relationship between making art and national consciousness. Why and how did Rubens paint the revelling Flemish peasants in the great Louvre Kermis? The circumstances, tone, and feeling of this picture are investigated and found to involve deep ambivalences that are political, social, and aesthetic. The second problem is that of art and its consumption. Beginning with Watteau, the making of a Rubensian art is traced in the taste for Rubens in the eighteenth century in France, where many of the pictures he had kept for his own collection had found their way. In the writings of Roger de Piles and in the work of the painters to follow, art is made out of the viewing and discussing of art. A binary system of taste emerged for Rubens as contrasted with Poussin, and critical distinctions came to be fashioned in the binary terms of gender. Finally, Alpers considers creativity itself and how, as a man and as a painter, Rubens could have viewed his own generative talent. An analysis of his Munich Silenus - fleshy, intoxicated, and, following Virgil's account, disempowered as a condition of producing his songs - reveals a sense of the creative gift as humanly indeterminate and equivocal. Fully illustrated with many drawings and paintings in color, this book complicates and deepens the interest of Rubens and of his works
Tiepolo and the pictorial intelligence by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The topics taken up include: painting's resistance to enacted narrative drama, its engagement with indeterminacies and repetitions, the senses in which a painter may 'perform' both past art and himself, the constructive roles of gestural drawing, exploitation of shifts of scale between design and finished work, dialogue between the changing natural site lighting and in-picture lighting, contributions made by the beholder's own mobility, the expressive scope of tensions between two and three dimensions, the deep rationale of rococo formal structure, and the sources of the moral force of pictures without an explicit moral. The book - both art criticism and a practical polemic - ends with an annotated gazetteer for travellers, listing those Tiepolo paintings that can still be seen in the places and conditions for which he painted them
The vexations of art : Velázquez and others by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

28 editions published between 1462 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Velazquez is often considered as an artist apart - great, but isolated in a palace in Spain. This book is designed to set him in conjunction with certain conditions of painting at his time and after (the studio, war and peace, museums, Manet, and modern painting)." "Beginning in the seventeenth century and continuing well into the twentieth, roughly from Rembrandt and Vermeer to Matisse and Picasso, a succession of European painters has taken the studio as the world, which is to say, the studio is where the world, as it gets into painting, is experienced. This is unprecedented. The studio phenomena is not prominent in earlier European art, or in other pictorial traditions. In the first part of the book, Svetlana Alpers focuses on this retreat into the confines of the studio: in the second part she looks at what she calls the "painterly pacific," or the ways in which the paintings of Dutch masters and Velazquez acknowledge war and rivalry and also offer a way out. The final chapters give a completely new account of Velazquez's Las Hilanderas or The Spinners, a ravishing painting which has been eclipsed by the attention paid to the enigmas of Las Meninas." "Alpers concentrates on the art of the seventeenth century, but also looks back and forward in time. She considers Velazquez as curator of the Spanish royal collection, which included many works by his admired predecessors Titian and Rubens. Velazquez also resembles Manet, and the affinity between the two painters is analyzed. Both worked in a tradition that assumed that there were persistent pictorial problems to take up. Inventive change was encouraged. Art such as this vexes or unsettles our view of the world even as it gives us reason to pause and look. The book concludes by asking whether painting continues to do that today." "This book reflects Alpers's close looking and long reflection upon a certain tradition of European painting. It illuminates the nature of what the most alert painters do, and why."--Jacket
The decoration of the Torre de la Parada by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in English and French and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zoe Leonard : photographs, Fotomuseum Winterthur by Zoe Leonard( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Photographer Zoe Leonard practices a type of cerebral roaming combined with carefully considered observation. For more than 20 years she has criss-crossed nature and culture, cityscapes and museums, always searching for signs that say something about structures, about natural and cultural conditions and the contradictions, parallels and connections between them. Leonard's photographs of anatomical wax figures, fashion shows, trees and fences present figures in sparse black-and-white images that open up visual fields of thought and reveal within them our visible world--the concrete and established structures that make up our reality. Leonard first created an international stir at the Documenta 9 exhibition in Kassel, Germany, in 1992, when she placed black-and-white photographs of female genitalia in the context of a male-dominated museum. Since then, the political aspects of her work have formed a backdrop for her constant struggle with shape, imagery and the union of symbols and content."--Publisher description
Walker Evans by Walker Evans( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker Evans was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. His focus on everyday life in America, in both urban and rural settings, makes him also one of the most relatable. This retrospective volume traces Evans' career through more than 300 images-from his first photographs of the late 1920s to his Polaroids of the 1970s. Organized thematically, the book examines topics such as Evans' relationship with the impresario Lincoln Kirstein, his work in postcards and magazines, and his lifelong exploration of the American vernacular. In addition, this volume features items from the photographer's own collection, including personal writings, signage, postcards, and other ephemera. Through these ancillary objects and a thorough overview of Evans' career, readers will come away with a better understanding of a photographer whose iconic photographs remain timeless
Catherine Murphy by Catherine Murphy( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extolled as a contemporary heir of Edward Hopper, Catherine Murphy has evolved a style acutely American that combines obsessive authenticity with Minimalist rigor. From the shaded lawns of the New Jersey suburbs to the Massachusetts woods, from childhood interiors to self-portraits and detailed images of buttons and dust, carpeted stairs, or a stuccoed ceiling, Murphy always paints and draws from life, often the domestic and quotidian. However, Murphy has distinguished her art from that of other realists, particularly in her later work, which often presents her subjects in extreme proximity to the viewer, literally in your face. Murphy uses painting and drawing to slow time down with intense concentration, so much so that it may take her a year to complete one painting. This volume explores Murphy's complete body of work, from the hushed world of her early work to the hyper encounters of the present with more than 100 paintings and drawings accompanied by texts by art critic John Yau
Alex Katz : large paintings : October 17-November 10, 2001 by Alex Katz( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rembrandt als Unternehmer : sein Atelier und der Markt by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in German and English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Atelier de Rembrandt : la liberté, la peinture et l'argent by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiepolo und die Intelligenz der Malerei by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Otras Meninas( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in Spanish and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiepolo et l'intelligence picturale by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in French and Undetermined and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Velázquez by Diego Velázquez( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in Spanish and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Création de Rubens by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in French and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiepolo e l'intelligenza figurativa by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in Italian and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Velázquez est dans les détails by Svetlana Alpers( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painting then for now : fragments of Tiepolo at the Ca' Dolfin by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three of Tiepolo's paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art were photographed by the authors. The negatives were then scanned into a computer and archivel inkjet prints made on matte paper
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The art of describing : Dutch art in the seventeenth century
Rembrandt's enterprise : the studio and the marketThe making of RubensTiepolo and the pictorial intelligenceThe vexations of art : Velázquez and othersZoe Leonard : photographs, Fotomuseum Winterthur
Alternative Names
Alpers, Svetlana L. 1936-

Alpers, Svetlana Leontieff 1936-

Leontief, Svetlana, 1936-

Svetlana Alpers Amerikaans kunsthistorica

Svetlana Alpers historienne d'art américaine

Svetlana Alpers storica dell'arte statunitense

Svetlana Alpers US-amerikanische Kunsthistorikerin, Professor für Kunstgeschichte an der Universität Berkeley

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English (168)

Spanish (32)

Italian (23)

German (21)

French (19)

Japanese (4)

Dutch (4)

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