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Age of Van Eyck : the Mediterranean world and early Netherlandish painting, 1430-1530
Borchert, Till.
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New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2002.
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280 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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"First published on the occasion of the exhibition Jan van Eyck, de Vlaamse Primitieven en bet Zuiden, 1430-1530, held at the Groeningemuseum, Bruges, from 15 March to 30 June 2002, as part of "Bruges 2002-European City of Culture', organized by the Stedelijke Musea, Bruges"--T.p. verso.
Introduction : Jan van Eyck's workshop / Till-Holger Borchert -- The mobility of artists : aspects of cultural transfer in Renaissance Europe / Till-Holger Borchert -- Art markets / Michael North -- France, 'terre d'accueil' for Flemish painters / Philippe Lorentz -- Italy and the north : a Florentine perspective / Margaret L. Koster -- Genoa - gateway to the south / Elena Parma -- Burgundian art for Italian courts : Milan, Ferrara, Urbino / Mauro Lucco -- Princes, patrons and eclecticism : Naples and the north / Andreas Beyer -- Flanders and the kingdom of Aragon / Joaquín Yarza Luaces -- Flanders and the kingdom of Castile / Pilar Silva Maroto -- Portugal and the north / José Luís Porfírio -- Burgundy and the south / Jacques Paviot -- The Habsburgs and the cultural heritage of Burgundy / Dagmar Eichberger -- 'Lacking only breath' : Italian responses to Netherlandish portraiture / Paula Nuttall -- A new look on the world : the invention of landscape / Manfred Sellink -- Van Eyck and the invention of oil painting : artistic merits in their literary mirror / Till-Holger Borchert and Paul Huvenne -- Catalogue / Till-Holger Borchert ... [et al.].
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The Age of Van Eyck focuses on the complex artistic and cultural relationships between Flanders and mediterranean Europe during the period 1430-1530, one of the most fruitful and evocative periods in European cultural history. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges in March 2002, this sumptuous volume combines the latest scholarship with an array of glorious colour reproductions of some of the most important art of the period, such as Van Eyck's altarpiece Madonna with Canon Van der Paele, among other works by Memling, Christus, da Messina, Bellini and Berruguete. An array of internationally renowned scholars have contributed fifteen essays which explore the artistic presence, influence and activities of early Netherlandish painters in foreign countries, thus securing the lasting academic impact of the project.

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Library Journal Review

This luscious book is true eye candy, but it's not just another pretty picture book. The text, compiled by the exhibition curator at the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium, is revealing as well as refreshingly stirring. Written for the general reader, this volume accompanies the large-scale exhibition Jan Van Eyck, 1430-1530 held at the Groeninge Museum last spring. Intended to illustrate the revolution in oil-painting sparked by the work of van Eyck and to present the interaction between the north and south of Europe during this pivotal period, this book invites readers to look, reflect, and draw conclusions on their own. Sixteen signed chapters, such as "Art Markets," "Princes, Patrons and Eclecticism: Naples and the North," and "A New Look on the World: The Invention of Landscape," set a big-picture stage. The catalog section, which follows, is divided into geographical sections (Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal) and is concise and just as well written. Roughly 130 paintings from the 15th century (almost all on panel) generously fill the pages; some are reproduced here for the first time in color. No book has so thoroughly covered this subject in at least 20 years, and the quality of the images makes this more than worth the price. Highly recommended. Jennifer Moldwin Gustafson, Detroit Inst. of Arts (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This catalog, published in conjunction with the exhibition Jan van Eyck, de Vlaamse Primitieven en bet Zuiden, 1430-1530 at the Groeningemuseum for the Bruges 2002--European City of Culture festival, is a lavishly illustrated collection of essays focused on the Burgundian Netherlands artistic relationship with the Mediterranean areas of Italy, the Iberian peninsula, and France. This book expands on previous studies to include broader geographical links and more detailed research that further confirm Van Eyck's far-reaching influence in the Flemish ars nova. Beginning with an overview of van Eyck's workshop and Flemish art markets, essays range from the mobility of artists to case studies in France, several Italian courts, the Kingdoms of Aragon and Castile, then to Netherlandish portraiture, landscapes, and finally, the cultural importance of the Hapsburgs and the invention of oil painting. Although the invention of oil paint dates back to the 12th century, Renaissance writings consistently credit van Eyck with this discovery. These texts reveal that in fact it was a unique recipe of pigments and binding agents that gave van Eyck his enduring fame. The 131 panel paintings cataloged offer numerous thoughtful comparisons; extensive bibliography. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. A. L. Palmer University of Oklahoma