The limits of artistic freedom

Criticism of art in Italy from 1500 to 1800

Anton W.A. Boschloo

The focus of this study is the dilemma of artistic freedom versus the rules of art, a dilemma that arose when artists sought new ways of giving expression to their imaginative power and of impressing the viewer with their creative ability. This development occurred during the Renaissance, when such artists like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian endowed the artistic calling with a status that would previously have been considered impossible. It was precisely these new claims to artistic freedom that highlighted the need to define its limits. Criteria for 'good art' were formulated in the literature on art, which, implicitly or explicitly, made it clear what the limits of artistic freedom were. The tension between theory and practice, between what the writers about art expected and what the artists did, are examined in detail in this book.

2008, 400 pag., 130 ill. of which 16 in fc, pb
ISBN 978-90-5997-058-8

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