Decoding Old Masters: Patrons, Princes and Enigmatic Paintings of the 15th Century [Hardback]

Abolala Soudavar (Author)

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ISBN: 9781845116583 | Published by: I.B. Tauris | Year of Publication: 2007 | Language: English 154p, col illus




Decoding Old Masters

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In this fabulously illustrated book Abolala Soudavar picks his way through seven multilayered paintings of the 15th century relating them firmly to contemporary events. The paintings are products of the great courts of Europe and relate to the period of Burgundy's greatest cultural and political magnificence. Many of Soudavar's conclusions are startlingly new, and the book is bound to provoke a lot of thought. Gozzoli's Adoration of the Magi for example is held to depict not Lorenzo the Magnificent, but Charles the Bold of Burgundy, while the Fountain of Grace attributed to Van Eyck is seen as being designed to promote an Anglo-Burgundian alliance. A fascinating insight into the relationship between politics and art in a time of great upheaval.

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