Early Netherlandish Painting (Panofsky book)

Early Netherlandish Painting, Its Origins and Character, is a 1953 book on art history by Erwin Panofsky, derived from the 1947–48 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures. The book had a wide impact[2] on studies of Renaissance art and Early Netherlandish painting in particular, but also studies in iconography, art history, and intellectual history in general. The book is particularly well-known for its iconographic treatment of Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait as a kind of marriage contract, a hypothesis advanced by Panofsky as early as 1934. The book remains influential despite its reliance on black-and-white reproductions of paintings, which led to some errors of analysis.[3]

Early Netherlandish Painting
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First edition, Volume one: Text, Volume two: Plates
AuthorErwin Panofsky
Cover artistVolume one:Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, c. 1435 by Jan van Eyck
Volume two The Virgin of the Annunciation, from the Portinari Triptych, c.1479 by Hugo van der Goes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreArt history
PublisherHarvard University Press
Publication date
1953
Media typePrint (hardback (1953) and paperback (1971))
Pages358 pages of text, 150 pages of notes, 496 illustrations
ISBN978-0-06-436683-0

Early Netherlandish Painting shares its title with the comprehensive, 14-volume survey by Max J. Friedländer, a fact obliquely acknowledged at the beginning of the preface.[4]

ReferencesEdit

References
  1. ^ The Virgin of the Annunciation, from the Portinari Triptych, c.1479 (oil on panel) Posters & Prints by Hugo van der Goes Retrieved 01-01-2016.
  2. ^ Shone, Richard and Stonard, John-Paul, eds. The Books That Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss, chapter 7. London: Thames & Hudson, 2013.
  3. ^ The Books That Shaped Art History, p. 95
  4. ^ Early Netherlandish Painting, p. vii
Sources
  • Panofsky, Erwin. Early Netherlandish Painting, Its Origins and Character. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953.
  • Holly, Michael Ann. Panofsky and the Foundations of Art History. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1984.
  • Podro, Michael. The Critical Historians of Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.
  • Shone, Richard and Stonard, John-Paul, eds. The Books That Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss. London: Thames & Hudson, 2013.

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