Michael Shamansky, Bookseller Inc.
Importer of European Publications in the Fine Arts
P.O. Box 3904, Kingston, New York 12402 Phone: 845-331-8519 Email: mshamans@artbooks.com

Item Number: 148535
Title: Sculptural Seeing : Relief, Optics, and the Rise of Perspective in Medieval Italy
Author: Lakey, Christopher R
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9780300232141
Record created on 03/28/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press,, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 240pp., 36 color, 100 b&w illus.

Summary: Although perspective has long been considered one of the essential developments of Renaissance painting, this provocative new book shifts the usual narrative back centuries, showing that medieval sculptors were already employing knowledge of optical science, geometry, and theories of vision in shaping the beholder’s experience of their work. Meticulous visual analysis is paired with close readings of medieval texts in examining a series of important relief sculptures from northern and central Italy dating from the 12th through the 14th century, including the impressive sculptural programs at the cathedrals of Modena and Ferrara, and the pulpits by Giovanni and Nicola Pisano at Pisa and Pistoia. Demonstrating that medieval sculptors orchestrated the reception of their intended religious and political messages through the careful manipulation of points of view and architectural space, Christopher R. Lakey argues that medieval practice was well informed by visual theory and that the concepts that led to the codification of linear perspective by Renaissance painters had in fact been in use by sculptors for hundreds of years.

Quantity: Purchase Order (optional):


Michael Shamansky, Bookseller Inc.
P.O. Box 3904, Kingston, New York 12402 US
Phone: 845-331-8519
Fax: 845-331-0852
Email: michael@artbooks.com

© Copyright 1996-2018 Michael Shamansky, Bookseller Inc.
Design & Hosting by Ives & Shaughnessy Web Information Services