Visualizing the Past in Italian Renaissance Art

Essays in Honor of Brian A. Curran


The essays in Visualizing the Past in Italian Renaissance Art address a foundational concept that was as central to early modern thinking as it is to our own: that the past is always an important part of the present. Written by the friends, students, and colleagues of Dr. Brian Curran, former professor of Art History at the Pennsylvania State University, these authors demonstrate how reverberations of the past within the present are intrinsic to the ways in which we think about the history of art. Examinations of sculpture, painting, and architecture reveal the myriad ways that history has been appropriated, reinvented, and rewritten as subsequent generations—including the authors collected here—have attained new insight into the past and present.

Contributors: Denise Costanzo, William E. Wallace, Theresa A. Kutasz Christensen, Ingrid Rowland, Anthony Cutler, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, Louis Alexander Waldman, Elizabeth Petersen Cyron, Stuart Lingo, Jessica Boehman, Katherine M. Bentz, Robin L. Thomas, and John Pinto.

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Jennifer Cochran Anderson, Ph.D. (2012, Pennsylvania State University) is an independent art historian working in Austin, Texas. She is currently preparing a book project on the historical “afterlives” of Ireland’s wooden devotional sculptures dating to the Lordship (1177–1542) and Suppression (1535–1800) eras.

Douglas N. Dow, Ph.D. (2006, Pennsylvania State University) is Associate Professor of Art History at Kansas State University. He is the author of Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform (2014); his next book examines Bernardino Poccetti’s religious paintings.
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Brian Curran, Past, Present, Place
Douglas N. Dow and Jennifer Cochran Anderson

Publications by Brian A. Curran

1 Horrors and Heroes, Renaissance and Recent: Rome as Architecture School
Denise R. Costanzo

2 Michelangelo’s Columns
William E. Wallace

3 Allegory, Antiquities, and a Gothic Apollo: Queen Christina of Sweden and the Manufacture of Cultural Identity
Theresa A. Kutasz Christensen

4 The Atlantic Visions of Giorgio Grognet de Vassé (1774–1862), Maltese Forger, Architect, and Antiquarian
Ingrid Rowland

5 Drawing the Elephant: On the Natures of Naturalism before and in the Cinquecento
Anthony Cutler

6 A Faun in Love: The Visual Sources
Marilyn Aronberg Lavin

7 Marco del Buono Giamberti’s 1478 Testament and New Evidence about Paolo Uccello
Louis Alexander Waldman

8 The Architecture of Civic Virtue in Donatello’s Saint George and the Dragon
Elizabeth Petersen Cyron

9 American Bodies, Aztec Feathers, and Artistic Invention in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Stuart Lingo

10 Cafà’s Saint Rose of Lima as Effigy
Jessica M. Boehman

11 Gardens, Air, and the Healing Power of Green in Early Modern Rome
Katherine M. Bentz

12 The Guglie of Naples and the Visual Rhetoric of Height
Robin L. Thomas

13 Nicola Michetti’s Facade of the Palazzo Colonna in Rome (1731–1735)
John Pinto

Tabula in Memoriam
Craig Zabel

This book is intended for an academic audience of both professionals and students, with special appeal to scholars of early modern Italy. Keywords: Italy, Renaissance, Baroque, Painting, Sculpture, Patronage, Antiquarianism, early modern history.
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