European Art and the Wider World 1350–1550

Edited by Kathleen Christian and Leah Clark

European Art and the Wider World 1350–1550


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2290-2
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: ART / Criticism & Theory, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Society & social sciences / Globalization, Colonialism & imperialism, Globalization, History of art, ART / History / Renaissance, ART / History / General, Art History, The arts / History of art / art & design styles
  • Series: Art and its Global Histories


Inspired by recent approaches to the field, the book reexamines the field of Renaissance art history by exploring the art of this era in the light of global connections. It considers the movement of objects, ideas and technologies and its significance for European art and material culture, analysing images through the lens of cultural encounter and conflict.


'This book offers important new insights into the history of Renaissance arts by rethinking key objects and themes through the lens of cross-culturality. Its contribution is especially welcome as it demonstrates how exactly the idea of the Renaissance was formed by its global contacts and through acculturation of arts and ideas from beyond Europe.'
Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art

'Art history has become increasingly engaged with global connections, but to date no study has filled the need for a synthetic overview of the early modern period. We can never again see the 'Renaissance' in the same, isolated way after reading these chapters.'
Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania

'Bringing together essays synthesizing recent scholarship on Renaissance art and material culture, Christian and Clark (both, Open Univ., UK) have created the first undergraduate-level treatment of the global nature of Renaissance art. The editors' goal is to illuminate "commonalities" between Europe and non-Western, non-Christian cultures. Two of the essays, Christian's on Renaissance altarpieces and Clark's on European collections of non-Western objects, consider indirect influences on art that came from luxury goods traded into Europe. The other two essays-one on art and architecture of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian inhabitants of Spain, and of Amer-Indians of the New World, the other on Venice as a palimpsest of Italian, Byzantine, and Islamic art and culture-are particularly successful in revealing direct connections between different cultures and the hybrid art that developed from close proximity.'
J. B. Gregory, formerly, Delaware College of Art and Design, CHOICE, Vol. 56, No. 2 (October 2018)


Kathleen Christian is Senior Lecturer in Art History at The Open University

Leah Clark is Lecturer in Art History at The Open University


Introduction - Kathleen Christian and Leah Clark
1 Renaissance altarpieces: the far in the near - Kathleen Christian
2 Cultural crossings in Spain and the New World c. 1350-c.1550 - Kim Woods
3 Collecting the world: art, nature, and representation - Leah Clark
4 Aspects of art in Venice: encounters with the East - Paul Wood with Kathleen Christian and Leah Clark
Conclusion - Kathleen Christian and Leah Clark

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