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Title:
Baroque & Rococo : art & culture
Author:
Minor, Vernon Hyde.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
Physical Description:
400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810941083
Format :
Book

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This text explores the styles, institutions, cities and genres that shaped the Baroque and Rococo periods' great artistic outpourings. It aims to capture the cultural currents of the time from Counter Reformation to Lois XIV's Versailles to bourgeois Amsterdam.


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Minor (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder), author of a monograph on the sculpture of Filippo della Valle, wrote this book to be used in a mid-level undergraduate art history course. He abandons a traditional historical approach organized through chronology and geography that Julius Held and Donald Poser used in their 17th and 18th Century Art (CH, Nov'72). Modeling his approach on that of John Rupert Martin's Baroque (CH, Oct'77), Minor develops his book around themes such as the Baroque church, sacred interiors, and visual rhetoric, which he argues "recontextualize" the visual arts within European culture so the student can best understand society's use of images from 1600 to around 1760. Overall, Minor's text disappoints. Admittedly, he does provide insights or stress developments that are often slighted or even overlooked. However, the textbook format stunts the development of Minor's thinking, as the confusing organization of the material, the capricious selection of topics and works to be discussed, and too often the inclusion of pointless and irrelevant arguments demonstrates. J. Houghton; Cincinnati Art Museum