Influences: Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance (Paperback)Mary Quinlan-McGrath (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Influences is a meticulously well-researched, thoughtfully laid out book--an invaluable guide for students, teachers, and enthusiasts alike. . . . Quinlan-McGrath's book accomplishes what successful art historical books set out to do: it clarifies a great deal of complex information in an engaging, accessible way as it enhances our understanding of the art and history of the Italian Renaissance."--Farisa Khalid "PopMatters "
"A clear, insightful, and unique assessment of the question of how the Renaissance dealt with the confluence of astronomy and astrology on the early side of any real scientific investigations of the heavens. Influences will be highly regarded by all interested students and scholars of the period. For those intrigued by the larger implications of Quinlan-McGrath's study, it will be apparent that she has peered through a very interesting portal onto what is a growing interdisciplinary interest in understanding the intersection of spiritual and material reality."--Charles Carman, University at Buffalo, SUNY "CAA Reviews "
"The book is exceptionally well researched and meticulously documented. . . . Influences: Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance is a truly significant and original contribution to the field of early modern studies."--Andrzej Dziedzic, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh "Sixteenth Century Journal "
"Quinlan-McGrath's fresh look at these astrological canopies opens up entire new vistas of Renaissance intellectual life. This alone makes it required reading for anyone interested in Renaissance visual culture, architecture, and history of natural philosophy. But it can also serve as a model of scholarship. Over the past few decades, it has become far less uncommon for art historians to sink their teeth into premodern intellectual history and history of science. Influences crowns them all in tenaciousness and thoughtfulness."--Steven Vanden Broecke, Ghent University "British Journal for the History of Science "
"Astrology was everywhere in the Renaissance. Criticized, censored, and feared as the work of the devil, it nevertheless pervaded a wide spectrum of human activity. This book, ranging from Greek and Arabic science to some of the greatest works of Italian painting and architecture, explains the how and the why of astrology and helps us understand, even empathize with, a fundamental substrate of Renaissance art and thought."
--Joseph Connors, Harvard University
"Among the many virtues of this book, Mary Quinlan-McGrath brings two aspects of scholarship together in an innovative way. First, it is always difficult to explain to modern readers the fluid matter/spirit relation in an era well before Descartes. The idea that certain hidden, originally celestial qualities could impart long-lasting imprints onto materialized entities--and that those entities in turn could have real effects in the world--was shared to such an extent that it often did not have to be articulated. Second, Quinlan-McGrath brings this perspective into the context of patronage studies; this move represents something new in art historical scholarship. She presents a different way of understanding aesthetics and one that is much closer to what fifteenth- and sixteenth-century people experienced as they processed art. This sort of aesthetic appreciation was interactive, primarily, and assumed a fluid link between subject and object in a manner often unfamiliar today."
--Christopher S. Celenza, director, American Academy in Rome
"Mary Quinlan-McGrath's Influences is a work of striking originality. With unique clarity and expertise, she proves that Italian Renaissance architecture and visual arts were significantly influenced by a complex but coherent blending of astrology, Neoplatonic philosophy, geography, and other scientific disciplines. Quinlan-McGrath's work is a truly significant contribution to the field of Renaissance studies."
--Armando Maggi, University of Chicago
"Quinlan-McGrath's Influences is an eye-opener. If astrology was indeed everywhere in the Renaissance, as historians of astronomy have shown, there is no reason to assume that it was not in art and in image theories. Putting forward the original, daring, and timely thesis that astrology was indeed there, this book has the potential to be highly influential as it invites historians of art and science to reinvestigate the role of astrology in Renaissance image theories."--Sven Dupr "Journal for the History of Astronomy "
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