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Albion's classicism : the visual arts in Britain, 1550-1660

Author: Lucy Gent; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.; Yale Center for British Art.
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Yale Center for British Art [by] Yale University Press, ©1995.
Series: Studies in British art, 2.
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Visual arts in Britain between 1550 and 1650 have long been considered part of the classical Italian Renaissance canon. Now a distinguished group of scholars demonstrates that attitudes to classical art were in fact somewhat ambivalent during this period in Britain (or, as it is called poetically, Albion). For town halls and funeral monuments, for paintings and theatrical works, British artists, patrons, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Gent; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.; Yale Center for British Art.
ISBN: 0300063814 9780300063813
OCLC Number: 34723868
Notes: Based on a conference held at the Warburg Institute, University of London, Nov. 19-20, 1993.
Description: viii, 470 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Lucy Gent --
Towards reading Albion's classicism : an exchange of gifts between northern classical scholars / Lisa Jardine --
Classicism and civil architecture in Renaissance England / Maurice Howard --
Scotland's 'Thrie Estates' / Deborah Howard --
Alexander Seton's painted gallery / Michael Bath --
The loggia in Tudor and Early Stuart England : the adaptation and function of classical form / Paula Henderson --
'Plinie is a weyghtye witnesse' : the classical reference in post-reformation funeral monuments / Nigel Llewellyn --
Sixteenth-century English portraiture and the idea of the classical / Susan Foister --
Gods, saints and reformers : portraiture and protestant England / Margaret Aston --
English protestantism and classical art / Keith Thomas --
Learning to read architecture in the English renaissance / Christy Anderson --
Emblem and reckless presence : the Drury Portrait at Yale / Ellen Chirelstein --
Shakespeare's Richard II : the sign in Bullingbrook's window / Thomas M. Greene --
Lying among the classics : ritual and motif in elite Elizabethan and Jacobean beds / Sasha Roberts --
Constructing an identity in prose, plaster and paint : Lady Anne Clifford as writer and patron of the arts / Alice T. Friedman --
'The rash gazer' : economies of vision in Britain, 1550-1660 / Lucy Gent --
'Glancing surfaces' : Hilliard, Armour, and the Italian model / Gloria Kury --
Afterword : classicism and cultural dissonance / Catherine Belsey.
Series Title: Studies in British art, 2.
Responsibility: edited by Lucy Gent.

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Visual arts in Britain between 1550 and 1650 have long been considered part of the classical Italian Renaissance canon. Now a distinguished group of scholars demonstrates that attitudes to classical art were in fact somewhat ambivalent during this period in Britain (or, as it is called poetically, Albion). For town halls and funeral monuments, for paintings and theatrical works, British artists, patrons, and builders made informed choices from the classical vocabulary while continuing to work within systems and circumstances quite distinct from those of classicism. The authors focus on the ways that local influences, habits, and visual sensibilities interacted with classicism and the work and methods of such masters as Inigo Jones in the evolution of British art, architecture, and literature in this era. Introduced and edited by Lucy Gent, this handsome book was written by contributors who come from the fields of history, art and architectural history, literary criticism, and emblematics. The book consists of essays by Lisa Jardine, Maurice Howard, Deborah Howard, Michael Bath, Paula Henderson, Nigel Llewellyn, Susan Foister, Margaret Aston, Keith Thomas, Christy Anderson, Ellen Chirelstein, Thomas Greene, Sasha Roberts, Alice Friedman, Gloria Kury, and Catherine Belsey. -- Publisher's website.

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