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Gothic and Renaissance altarpieces

By: Limentani, Caterina Virdis Pietrogiovanna, Mari

0500238022 / 9780500238028
Out of print
United Kingdom
34 cm 421 p. (8) folded : ill. (chiefly col.)
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In the mid-15th century, when the traditional styles and techniques of the Middle Ages were yielding to the new influences of the Renaissance, the altarpieces of cathedrals and major churches reached a degree of elaboration never seen before.

For a century or so altarpieces had been constructed so that they could be closed or open (for saints' days and festivals), often in three parts (triptychs), with two wings folding over the centre.

This scheme was now expanded: panels were arranged sometimes in two tiers which could open separately.

The three-part stucture could grow to five and even seven.

In the most extreme case, Grunewald's Isenheim Altarpiece, there was an unprecedented number of possibilities - a sort of theological hierarchy, with panels opening to reveal deeper and deeper mysteries.

This volume reproduces the wings as fold-outs, so that the original effect can be experienced.

It covers 30 altarpieces from both the north (Van Eyck, Grunewald, Bosch, Pacher) and Italy (Piero della Francesca, Crivelli, Signorelli).

It has been produced as a limited edition of 1750 copies.


1D Europe, ACK History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400, ACND Renaissance art, AFC Painting & paintings, AGR Religious subjects depicted in art

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