Florentine Painting and its Social Background

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An eminent art historian gives us here a full account of the history of Florentine art in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries as well as a stimulating exploration of questions about the social content of art. Frederick Antal sketches a portrait of Florence in this richly productive period—the economic and social conditions as well as religious tenets and intellectual controversies. He traces the course of painting and sculpture from Giotto to Brunelleschi and Masaccio, and shows how major stylistic developments are related to changing economic and social structures. His analysis is fully illustrated by 210 halftones.

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Antal's book is one of the first attempts to trace the origins of an extended period of art in contemporary social structure... it poses interesting problems, introduces hitherto neglected facts, and illuminates in many ways the style and the content of Florentine painting...Florentine Painting and Its Social Background raises new and important problems in the interpretation of Florentine painting, and the broad correlations which it proposes will extend its influence to the several fields of late mediaeval and Renaissance history. (Millard Meiss Art Bulletin)

The whole work is readable, learned and brilliantly conceived; on no future excursions to the Spanish Chapel and Santa Croce shall we ever see exactly what we saw before. (New Statesman)

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