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Renaissance Greats [Mar. 13th, 2013|03:43 pm]
Tony Grist
Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael- the holy trinity of Renaissance art: that's what we've been taught.  And why?  Because Vasari said so.  But suppose the first great history of Western art had been written by a German instead of an Italian. How does Durer, Cranach and Holbein sound?
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2013-03-13 03:53 pm (UTC)
They sound a lot more reality-based to me! O those flowery Italians (blech).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 04:03 pm (UTC)
It bears thinking about.
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From: cmcmck
2013-03-13 04:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me and if I want Italian names, they tend to come from an earlier period.

The Lorenzetti brothers, Cimabue, Martini.......................

It's a mystery why anyone listens to Vasari anyway- failed artist!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 04:52 pm (UTC)
I've never read Lives of the Artists but I believe it's full of good stories.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-03-13 05:42 pm (UTC)

I like your alternative universe...

"Durer, Cranach, Holbein - three ninja turtles with a taste for Bratwurst." Sounds good! (Brueghel can be Donatello.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 06:43 pm (UTC)

Re: I like your alternative universe...

Cowabunga!
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2013-03-14 01:43 am (UTC)

Re: I like your alternative universe...

HAHAHAHA! Pass the bratwurst.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2013-03-13 08:51 pm (UTC)
I actually prefer the German artists, particularly Holbein and Durer, for similar reasons,and that in my opinion, their art has more depth to it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-14 09:28 am (UTC)
Durer's art has a similar range to Leonardo's and- by concentrating on print-making- he made it widely accessible. Holbein is the greatest portraitist who ever lived.
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