Essays in Context: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (Harvard University Art Museums)

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9780300121407: Essays in Context: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (Harvard University Art Museums)

With contributions by Marina Belozerskaya, Till-Holger Borchert, Lorne Campbell, Reindert Falkenburg, Ivan Gaskell, Laura D. Gelfand, Peter Klein, Maximiliaan P. J. Martens, Carol J. Purtle, Victor M. Schmidt, Hugo van der Velden, Hélène Verougstraete, and Yvonne Yiu.
Published to accompany Prayers and Portraits (see above), this book features essays by leading scholars that explore a wide range of topics relating to 15th- and 16th-century Netherlandish diptychs. The text addresses the practical and social uses of the diptych, the history and origins of the format, and the philosophical issues related to the practice of researching these diptychs. It also analyzes the devotional function of these works in the context of contemporary texts and religious practices in northern Europe.

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John Oliver Hand is Curator of Northern Renaissance Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ron Spronk is Associate Curator for Research at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums, and has published widely on Netherlandish painting.

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" Essays in Context: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych presents thirteen studies on one of the more distinctive and important types of art produced in the Netherlands during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries: the painted devotional diptych. . . . As a whole, The book presents solid contribution to the field."—Stanley E. Weed, The Sixteenth Century Journal (Stanley E. Weed The Sixteenth Century Journal)

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