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Influences

Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance
Quinlan-McGrath, Mary (Book - 2013 )
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"Today few would think of astronomy and astrology as fields related to theology. Fewer still would know that physically absorbing planetary rays was once considered to have medical and psychological effects. But this was the understanding of light radiation held by certain natural philosophers of early modern Europe, and that, argues Mary Quinlan-McGrath, was why educated people of the Renaissance commissioned artworks centered on astrological themes and practices. Influences is the first book to reveal how many Renaissance artworks were designed to be not only beautiful but also--perhaps even primarily--functional. From the fresco cycles at Caprarola, to the Vatican's Sala dei Pontefici, to the Villa Farnesina, these great works were commissioned to selectively capture and then transmit celestial radiation, influencing the bodies and minds of their audiences. Quinlan-McGrath examines the sophisticated logic behind the theories and practices that were thought to unite macrocosm and microcosm through art and, along the way, sheds light on early creation theory; the relationship between astrology and natural theology; and the protochemistry, physics, and mathematics of rays."--book jacket.
Authors: Quinlan-McGrath, Mary
Title: Influences
art, optics, and astrology in the Italian Renaissance
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013
Characteristics: xi, 284 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mary Quinlan-McGrath
Contents: The study of the heavens is holy : the cosmos, the creator, vision, and the soul
Let there be light : rays in the macrocosm
Celestial rays and the earthly world of change
The physical nature of vision, the material image, and the soul
Early modern ecosystems : the city, the building, the person
Architectural theory and astrological foundations : three case studies
The hidden power in a picture : how celestial rays are trapped in images
Look, reflect, be changed : the great astrological vaults of the Italian Renaissance
Summary: "Today few would think of astronomy and astrology as fields related to theology. Fewer still would know that physically absorbing planetary rays was once considered to have medical and psychological effects. But this was the understanding of light radiation held by certain natural philosophers of early modern Europe, and that, argues Mary Quinlan-McGrath, was why educated people of the Renaissance commissioned artworks centered on astrological themes and practices. Influences is the first book to reveal how many Renaissance artworks were designed to be not only beautiful but also--perhaps even primarily--functional. From the fresco cycles at Caprarola, to the Vatican's Sala dei Pontefici, to the Villa Farnesina, these great works were commissioned to selectively capture and then transmit celestial radiation, influencing the bodies and minds of their audiences. Quinlan-McGrath examines the sophisticated logic behind the theories and practices that were thought to unite macrocosm and microcosm through art and, along the way, sheds light on early creation theory; the relationship between astrology and natural theology; and the protochemistry, physics, and mathematics of rays."--book jacket.
ISBN: 0226922847
9780226922843
Branch Call Number: 709.45 Q72i 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-271) and index
Subject Headings: Astronomy, Renaissance Italy Art, Renaissance Italy
Topical Term: Astronomy, Renaissance
Art, Renaissance
LCCN: 2012021912
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