The Spiritual Language of Art: Medieval Christian Themes in Writings on Art of the Italian Renaissance (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions)

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Analyzing the literature on art from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, The Spiritual Language of Art explores the complex relationship between visual art and spiritual experiences during the Italian Renaissance. Though scholarly research on these writings has predominantly focused on the influence of classical literature, this study reveals that Renaissance authors consistently discussed art using terms, concepts and metaphors derived from spiritual literature. By examining these texts in the light of medieval sources, greater insight is gained on the spiritual nature of the artist's process and the reception of art. Offering a close re-readings of many important writers (Alberti, Leonardo, Vasari, etc.), this study deepens our understanding of attitudes toward art and spirituality in the Italian Renaissance.

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Steven Stowell is an assistant professor of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. He received his doctorate from Oxford University in 2009, and previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He has published research in the journals Dante Studies, and Word & Image.

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