- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: Sussex Academic Press (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845191862
- ISBN-13: 978-1845191863
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Michele Tosini and the Ghirlandaio Workshop in Cinquecento Florence
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“Because Tosini was an important enough artist to be recorded by name during his lifetime, he has attracted the attention of art historians during the 20th century, says, but very little has been known about his life, his relationships with colleagues, and his children until now. She confesses that the investigation has not been easy. Archival documents, most published here for the first time, record the major events and important details on his life. Of particular significance is the role of the children in his artistic career. Among the crucial documents is his testament, which she located in 1989 and published in Paragone. She integrates historical and biographical concerns with a stylistic iconography of the original works of art.” —Reference & Research Book News
“Often dismissed as lacking significance by both contemporaries and subsequent historians, the Ghirlandaio workshop has received limited scholarly attention (except for a few good essays) thus far despite its interesting appeal. … Newly found documents shed light on the relationship between Michele Tosini, Ghirlandaio workshop, and the city of Florence; in fact, Heidi J. Hornik, professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History at Baylor University, offers us a complete scenario of Mannerist art in Florence and Tosini’s workshop style. This compact volume presents the study in four brief chapters, all beautifully illustrated. With an introduction and a useful documental appendix, it is the result of a series of studies on the matter begun in the 1980s and it is her last work on the subject. As she declares in the book’s introduction, the intent of the study is that the next generation of art historians will begin to think clearly about Michele Tosini and artists like him in terms of all of their contributions (artistic, religious,and civic) (xviii). … Through extensive archival research at Archivio di Stato and Archivio di S. Maria Novella in Florence, Hornik has produced an enlightening and engaging study of a fascinating period of Florence art history when the Italian painter Michele Tosini (1503–77) worked there. He was the pupil and adopted son of Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and became known as Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio. This work has much to commend it. … In conclusion, this volume will be of great interest to historians of Italian Mannerist art, to scholars of art literature, and to specialists in the history of Florentine art. Hornik’s work is interesting, informative, and fair and offers something to the specialist as well as the common reader.” —Sixteenth Century Journal
About the Author
Heidi J. Hornik is Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History at Baylor University in Texas. She received her degrees from Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to publications on Michele Tosini, Hornik has co-authored three interdisciplinary volumes on art and theology, Illuminating Luke, and co-edited one book, Interpreting Christian Art, with Mikeal C. Parsons.