El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III

El Greco to Velazquez Art During the Reign of Philip III Philip III so often dismissed in favor of Philip II and Philip IV actually presided over an era of crucial artistic development in Spain His reign was a time of cultural and political vit

  • Title: El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III
  • Author: Sarah Schroth Rosemarie Mulcahy
  • ISBN: 9780878467266
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Philip III 1578 1621 , so often dismissed in favor of Philip II and Philip IV, actually presided over an era of crucial artistic development in Spain His reign was a time of cultural and political vitality for the Spanish monarchy, as the king and his court, having successfully maintained a peaceful foreign policy in Europe the Pax Hispanica , ushered in a style of grPhilip III 1578 1621 , so often dismissed in favor of Philip II and Philip IV, actually presided over an era of crucial artistic development in Spain His reign was a time of cultural and political vitality for the Spanish monarchy, as the king and his court, having successfully maintained a peaceful foreign policy in Europe the Pax Hispanica , ushered in a style of grandeur where fabulous gala celebrations, building campaigns, picture collecting, recreation and travel were the order of the day Accordingly, the art of this period flourished, witnessing the birth of a naturalistic style that was variously reflected in a new attention to detail and spatiality in court portraiture, the thriving of still life, the humanizing of saints and the development of polychrome sculpture Focusing on the careers of the mature El Greco and the young Velazquez, which bookend this exciting period of resurgent court culture, this volume also investigates the works of lesser known but highly talented artists who exerted a critical influence on the development of Spanish painting Essays by several noted scholars provide indispensable perspectives on the historical, literary, cultural and religious context in which these artists lived The product of 20 years of research and illustrated with a sumptuousness befitting its subject, El Greco to Velazquez is sure to become a standard reference for enthusiasts of Spanish art.

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    • P. says:

      So. I don't currently have the attention span to read these essays. There's a lot of history in here and it's really specific. Will I ever get my attention span back? That's a subject that doesn't belong in this "review". The color reproductions are fantastic and I wish that they were more and bigger. But since I will probably never be able to travel to all the museums that own the varied works, I'll take what I can get.

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