The Rule of Art

The Rule of Art

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What do Renaissance poetry and painting have in common? What are the social, ideological, and aesthetic bases for the links between them? And what role do those links play in creating the humanistic culture that still has power over us today? These are the questions Clark Hulse takes up in this sophisticated interdisciplinary study of Renaissance aesthetics. Proposing an archeology of artistic knowledge, Hulse examines the theoretical language through which the poets, painters, and patrons of the Renaissance conceived of the relationship between the arts. That language is embedded in what he calls a qrule of art, q a specific set of categories, assumptions, and practices that defined the two art forms and the relationship between them. Hulse charts the rise of both forms to the status of liberal arts requiring special intellectual training for artist and patron alike. In the process, he uncovers the history of the practice of theory in the Renaissance, revealing how artistic discourse lived in the world.If Alberti avoids the normal starting point of a paintera#39;s manual, he also avoids the logical starting point for a humanist, a discussion of how to derive the ... aquot;I call a sign (signum) anything which exists on a surface so that it is visible to the eyeaquot; ( On Painting, pp. 36-37). ... A system of perspective was in itself nothing new; there were workshop techniques in use to approximate the reduction of figure size in 12.

Title:The Rule of Art
Author:Clark Hulse
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1990-07-02


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