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The Painter and his Wife

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Description: The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe
The faces pass before you, dancing into and out of view as your fingers turn the ivory beads (pl. 1, fig. 1): a young man with an impressive fur-lined cloak, linen shirt, and fashionable cap; an elegantly dressed young woman with her hair held back by a slim coronet;...
PublisherBowdoin College Museum of Art
Related print edition pages: pp.13-80
Description: The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist
‘Through painting’, Alberti wrote in On Painting, ‘the faces of the dead go on living for a very long time’. But in their self-portraits early Renaissance artists, it seems, intended less to commemorate themselves for posterity than to assert in visual form their artistic and intellectual skills. The ways in which the Renaissance artist portrayed himself are therefore useful indicators of his self-image and aspirations. The context in which he sets himself, the clothes he is wearing, the …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.209-243

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