The Lives of Paintings
Title
The Lives of Paintings
Subtitle
Presence, Agency and Likeness in Venetian Art of the Sixteenth Century
Price
€ 82,00
ISBN
9789087282813
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
352
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
17.7 x 26.4 cm
Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. A Modern Miracle: Christ Carrying the Cross in the Scuola di San Rocco
3. A Portrait Defaced: The Donor Portrait of Broccardo Malchiostro in the Duomo of Treviso
4. A Martyr of Painting: Irene di Spilimbergo, Titian, and Venetian Portraiture between Life and Death
5. Politics, Portraits, and Love: Francesco Bembo, Bianca Capello and ‘the Most Beautiful
6. Conclusion
Epilogue: Life in the Collection
Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Colour Plates
Index

Elsje van Kessel

The Lives of Paintings

Presence, Agency and Likeness in Venetian Art of the Sixteenth Century

"In sixteenth-century Venice, paintings were often treated as living beings. As this book shows, paintings attended dinner parties, healed the sick, made money, and became involved in love affairs. Presenting a range of case studies, Elsje van Kessel offers a detailed examination of the agency paintings and other two dimensional images could exert. This lifelike agency is not only connected to the seemingly naturalistic style of these images – works by Titian, Giorgione and their contemporaries, illustrated here in 150 plates. It also brought in relation to their social-historical contexts, meticulously unravelled through archival research. Grounded in the theoretical literature on the agency of material things, The Lives of Paintings contributes to Venetian studies as well as engaging with wider debates on the attribution of life and presence to images and objects."
Author

Elsje van Kessel

Elsje van Kessel is PHD art historian and fellow at the Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris.