This book focuses on the values, priorities, and motives of patrons
and the purposes and functions of art works produced north and
south of the Alps and in post-Byzantine Crete. It begins by
considering the social range and character of Renaissance patronage
and ends with a study of Hans Holbein the Younger and the reform of
religious images in Basle and England.
"Viewing Renaissance Art" considers a wide range of audiences and
patrons from the rulers of France to the poorest confraternities in
Florence. The overriding premise is that art was not a neutral
matter of stylistic taste but an aspect of material production in
which values were invested--whether religious, cultural, social, or
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