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Still Life Before Still Life - by David Ekserdjian (Hardcover)

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A beautiful book that argues artists were fascinated by still life painting considerably earlier than previously thought 

This eloquent and generously illustrated book asserts that artists were fascinated by and extremely skilled at still life significantly earlier than previously thought. Instead of the genre beginning in the early 17th century, noted scholar David Ekserdjian explores its origins in classical antiquity and the gradual re-emergence of still life in Renaissance painting. The author presents a visual anthology of finely executed flowers, fruit, food, household objects, and furnishings seen in the background of paintings. Paintings are reproduced in full and paired with detailed close-ups of still-life elements within the work.

Ekserdjian further examines both the artistic and symbolic significance of a chosen detail, as well as information about each artist’s career. Featured works include radiant paintings from Renaissance greats such as Da Vinci, Dürer, Holbein, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Van Eyck, as well as the work of less-celebrated masters Barthélemy d’Eyck and Ortolano.
Number of Pages: 256 p. ;
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: History, Criticism & Theory, European
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Book theme: Renaissance
Author: David Ekserdjian
Language: English
Street Date: May 15, 2018
TCIN: 53390143
UPC: 9780300190175
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-0771
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