In Michelangelos Mirror: Perino del Vaga, Daniele da Volterra, Pellegrino Tibaldi

Hardcover | July 16, 2013

byMorten Steen Hansen

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In the first decades of the sixteenth century, the pictorial arts arrived at an unprecedented level of perfection. That, at least, was a widespread perception among artists and their audiences in central Italy. Imitation, according to the artistic literature of the period, was a productive means of continuing the perfections of a predecessor. In Michelangelo’s Mirror reconsiders the question of Italian mannerism, focusing on the idea of imitation in the works of such artists as Perino del Vaga, Daniele da Volterra, and Pellegrino Tibaldi.

Michelangelo was praised as an unsurpassable ideal, and more than any other artist he received the flattering epithet divino. As the cult around him grew, however, a different discourse arose. With the unveiling of the Sistine Last Judgment in 1541, Michelangelo stood accused of having set artifice above the sacred truth he was meant to serve, effectively making an idol of his art. Hansen examines the work of three of the master’s most talented followers in the light of this critical backlash. He argues that their choice to imitate Michelangelo was highly self-conscious and related to the desire to construct their own artistic identities, either by associating their work directly with the ideal paradigm (Daniele), through irony and displacement (Perino), or by incorporating both approaches (Tibaldi).

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In the first decades of the sixteenth century, the pictorial arts arrived at an unprecedented level of perfection. That, at least, was a widespread perception among artists and their audiences in central Italy. Imitation, according to the artistic literature of the period, was a productive means of continuing the perfections of a prede...

Morten Steen Hansen is Assistant Professor of Art History at Stanford University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.98 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271056401

ISBN - 13:9780271056401

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments

1 Mannerism and Imitation

2 Gigantum arrogantia: Raphael vs. Michelangelo in Perino del Vaga

3 Daniele da Volterra’s Contested Subject

4 Pellegrino Tibaldi’s Apologus Alcinoi

5 Painting and Counter-Reformation in the Poggi Chapel

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“[In Michelangelo’s Mirror] is a fundamental addition to the study of a complex period deserving of more attention, especially for its thorough account of Tibaldi, whose subtle and extraordinary frescos representing the myth of Ulysses in the Palazzo Poggi in Bologna may come as a revelation to some readers compared to the more accessible frescos of Perino and Daniele da Volterra in Rome. The sophistication of the book’s interpretative framework also makes it of interest to students of other periods.”—David Franklin, Burlington Magazine