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HANS BURGKMAIR AND THE VISUAL TRANSLATION OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE GERMAN RENAISSANCE. Ashley D. West. Harvey Miller Publishers, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2015. 300 pp. ISBN 9781909400320 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: In a book that lies at the intersection of print and media studies, art and humanism, and the history of science and collecting, West examines the work of Augsburg painter and printmaker Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531), a leading figure of the German Renaissance. The developments of mechanical reproduction, the expansion of international commerce, new global encounters, Ottoman incursions, and religious reform defined a period of political and cultural uncertainty in the early sixteenth century of the Holy Roman Empire. With this period of great change as the historical context, West investigates a selection of Burgkmair's paintings, drawings, and especially woodcuts to show how these images participate in contemporary debates about knowledge and the relative trustworthiness or deceptiveness of appearances. Themes of poetic invention, documentary claims, and notions of history extend the role of art to signal shifts in competing and overlapping paradigms of knowledge and virtue. In its broadest sense, West offers a reassessment of the Renaissance in the North, defined not through the lens of Albrecht Durer of Nuremberg but rather through the achievements of one of his most ambitious and overlooked peers, Hans Burgkmair of Augsburg.
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Worldwide Number: 167653
Hardcover $163.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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