Peasant Scenes and Landscapes
The Rise of Pictorial Genres in the Antwerp Art Market
Aims and Scope
Larry Silver investigates the origins of new pictorial types and their media as a phenomenon of sixteenth-century Antwerp and interprets several pictorial genres as he charts their evolution and their role in the development and marketing of individual artistic styles.
- 392 pages
- 152 illus.
- UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS
- Fine Art; History; Architecture; Garden History; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; European History; World History
- College/higher education;
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"A rich and stimulating essay on the symbiotic relationship between artistic development and the market at the beginning of the modern era. . . . A valuable and supremely well informed contribution to our knowledge of both the formation of taste and the evolution of pictorial genres in early modern Europe."—Sixteenth Century Journal
"Encompassing a complex and varied set of methodologies, economic histories of the arts have framed compelling new questions around the activities of artists, patrons, and dealers as cultural agents that tend to locate meaning in behavior rather than visuality. Larry Silver's entrée into the field not only builds on his own earlier explorations but also significantly reorients the kinds of questions asked and, by extension, the nature of the answers derived from the study of markets."—CAA Reviews
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2006
"Grandly conceived and richly rewarding. . . . By integrating current critical methodologies—semiotics, rhetoric, economic theory—into the examination of sixteenth-century painting in Antwerp, Silver's study has significant and far-reaching application and relevance to other disciplines, notably history and literary criticism."—Choice