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Alessandro Nova on Raphael and the redefinition of art in Renaissance Italy

17 April 2019

Raphael and the redefinition of art in Renaissance Italy

In memoriam Robert Williams

Review of:

Robert Williams, Raphael and the Redefinition of Art in Renaissance Italy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, 304 pp., 113 b. & w. illus., hdbk, ISBN 978-1-107-13150-7, £75.00

Alessandro Nova (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) 20/AN1

Abstract: The reviewer highlights the most important issues discussed by the late Robert Williams in his last book: style, decorum, and division of labour. Starting from the principle of stylistic eclecticism in Raphael’s work, the review helps the reader to deal with the complex terminology used by Williams: systematicity of representation, different types of decorum, Techne and Metatechne.

Key words: Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari, Vincenzio Borghini, Pietro Bembo, style, meta-style, decorum, censorship, labour and division of labour, imitation, theory of imitation, systematicity, systematicity of representation, principle of stylistic eclecticism, self-reflexivity, Techne, Metatechne, German language

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