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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting collection of essays
Over the last 30 years there seems to be a greater interest on the part of art historians in the nuts and bolts issues of how art is created. The works of E.H. Gombrich come to mind, or "The Academy and French Painting in the Nineteenth Century", by Albert Boime. This rather disconnected set of essays by Cole examines the material issues facing the Renaissance...
Published on May 17, 2002 by Greg

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2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text, horrible pictures
Bruce Cole has a well-deserved reputation for high quality scholarship and exposition. This book is an excellent synthesis of current knowledge about the role of the artist in society, his materials, and the types of work he might create.

Sadly, the illustrations accompanying the text are worse than any I've ever seen. They're of unbelievably low quality. If...
Published on April 5, 2006 by Matthew McGuire


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting collection of essays, May 17, 2002
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Greg (chesterton, in, United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian (Icon Editions) (Paperback)
Over the last 30 years there seems to be a greater interest on the part of art historians in the nuts and bolts issues of how art is created. The works of E.H. Gombrich come to mind, or "The Academy and French Painting in the Nineteenth Century", by Albert Boime. This rather disconnected set of essays by Cole examines the material issues facing the Renaissance artist.
What did paintings cost? How was the artist valued? What expectations surrounded the conception and construction of the work of art? How did the original setting differ from our encounter with these works today? These are some of the questions addressed here. This is not a coffee table book, and the illustrations are low quality black and white (at least in the paper back edition).
Like the other book by Cole that I have read, "Titian and Venetian Painting, 1450-1590", I wish this book was twice as long. Many of the questions touched on here are only given a brief answer, but the information that is here is fascinating. I am not an Art Historian, so I can only guess at the authors reputation (now head of the NEA). My sense is that he is one of those historians with a breadth of knowledge that is quite rare in these days of specialization, and that his viewpoint shows a high degree of originality. My only complaint (aside from the 100 or so color illustrations that could have provided more details) is that the writing style is not as graceful as some of the masters of this genre.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text, horrible pictures, April 5, 2006
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Matthew McGuire (Bloomington, IN United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian (Icon Editions) (Paperback)
Bruce Cole has a well-deserved reputation for high quality scholarship and exposition. This book is an excellent synthesis of current knowledge about the role of the artist in society, his materials, and the types of work he might create.

Sadly, the illustrations accompanying the text are worse than any I've ever seen. They're of unbelievably low quality. If you took a low-quality scanner from the mid-90's, kept it on the 'text' setting instead of 'graphics', you would still get better images than the mess that's in this text. It's more like a fourth-generation mimeograph.

They are basically unusable. And that is unacceptable in an art history text. There is no grayscale - just large blurred black blobs. It's as if a creeping fungus made a home in the book, and refused to be dislodged. The fact that this book is in print as such is an insult. With even pedestrian-quality greyscale images, this would be a fantastic text.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars class book, October 4, 2013
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bought this book for a class. it came in handy for that class. how much more can I say about a class book?
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The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian (Icon Editions)
The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian (Icon Editions) by Bruce Cole (Paperback - September 21, 1990)
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