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Story of Isaac

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Description: Story of Isaac
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Description: Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence
In Canto X of Purgatory, Dante and Virgil climb onto the first terrace of Purgatory, a sheer face of white marble “adorned with such carvings that not only Polycleitus but Nature herself would there be put to shame.” The carvings display three supreme examples of humility to Dante’s admiring gaze: the Virgin accepting the angel’s message of the incarnation, David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant, and the emperor Trajan moved to take vengeance for the murder of a poor widow’s son. …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.135-173
Description: The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist
This chapter and the following three offer discussions of aspects of the relationships between early Renaissance images and art-theoretical and other texts. The principal issue that runs through these discussions is: in what ways did the Renaissance artist respond to written texts, or engage with theoretical or intellectual questions relevant to his art practice that were also discussed in writings of the time? Issues raised in early Renaissance art theory have been extensively discussed in the …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.141-161

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