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  • Inspirationby John F. Moffitt

    BRILL 2005; US$ 177.00

    This book reveals the antique pedigree of a now commonplace term, ''Inspiration,'' an essential creation-myth presently propelling notions of ''self-expression'' in modern art-making. Knowledge of the ancient sources and later evolution of such supposedly ''modernist'' fixations makes a significant contribution to our historical-cultural understanding. more...

  • Painterly Perspective and Pietyby John F. Moffitt

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 45.00

    While the Renaissance is generally perceived to be a secular movement, the majority of large artworks executed in 15th century Italy were from ecclesiastical commissions. Because of the nature of primarily basilica-plan churches, a parishioner's view was directed by the diminishing parallel lines formed by the walls of the structure. Appearing... more...

  • Caravaggio in Contextby John F. Moffitt

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2004; US$ 49.95

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) has long been recognized as one of the great innovators in the history of art. Through detailed analysis of paintings from his early Roman period, 1594-1602, this study now situates his art firmly within both its humanistic and its scientific context. Here, both his revolutionary painterly techniques--pronounced... more...

  • A Book of Emblemsby Andrea Alciati; John F. Moffitt

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2004; US$ 49.95

    Andrea Alciati's Emblematum Liber was an essential work for every writer, artist and scholar in post-medieval Europe. First published in 1531, this illustrated book was a collection of emblems, each consisting of a motto or proverb, a typically enigmatic illustration, and a short explanation. Most of the emblems had symbolic and moral applications.... more...

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