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The Noisy Renaissance

by Niall Atkinson Penn State University Press (August 09, 2016)

From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual...


Hope in Hard Times

by Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power & Michael Cary Penn State University Press (June 01, 2016)

Of the many recipients of federal support during the Great Depression, the citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, stand out as model reminders of the vital importance of New Deal programs. Hoping to transform their...


Raphael’s Ostrich

by Una Roman D’Elia Penn State University Press (January 12, 2016)

Raphael’s Ostrich begins with a little-studied aspect of Raphael’s painting—the ostrich, which appears as an attribute of Justice, painted in the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican. Una Roman D’Elia traces...


Framing Majismo

by Tara Zanardi Penn State University Press (March 08, 2016)

Majismo, a cultural phenomenon that embodied the popular aesthetic in Spain from the second half of the eighteenth century, served as a vehicle to “regain” Spanish heritage. As expressed in visual representations...


Toledo Cathedral

by Tom Nickson Penn State University Press (November 18, 2015)

Medieval Toledo is famous as a center of Arabic learning and as a home to sizable Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Yet its cathedral—one of the largest, richest, and best preserved in all of Europe—is...


Farewell to Visual Studies

by James Elkins, Gustav Frank & Sunil Manghani Penn State University Press (October 15, 2015)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences...


Rage and Denials

by Branko Mitrovic Penn State University Press (August 21, 2015)

In Rage and Denials, philosopher and architectural historian Branko Mitrović examines in detail the historiography of art and architecture in the twentieth century, with a focus on the debate between the understanding...


Art and Globalization

by James Elkins, Zhivka Valiavicharska & Alice Kim Penn State University Press (September 03, 2010)

The “biennale culture” now determines much of the art world. Literature on the worldwide dissemination of art assumes nationalism and ethnic identity, but rarely analyzes it. At the same time there is extensive...


The Tempietto del Clitunno near Spoleto

by Judson Emerick Penn State University Press (October 23, 1998)

This is the first full-length study of the enigmatic Early Medieval chapel near the river Clitunno in central Umbria. Judson Emerick makes the Tempietto del Clitunno, a celebrated art-historical test case, the...


Remarks on Architecture

by Ignacy Potocki & Carolyn C. Guile Penn State University Press (May 26, 2015)

At the end of the eighteenth century, the authors of Poland’s 3 May 1791 Constitution became the heirs to a defunct state whose territory had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia, and Austria. At this moment...


Picturing Experience in the Early Printed Book

by Elizabeth Ross Penn State University Press (March 25, 2014)

Bernhard von Breydenbach’s Peregrinatio in terram sanctam (Journey to the Holy Land), first published in 1486, is one of the seminal books of early printing and is especially renowned for the originality of...


The Vienna School of Art History

by Matthew Rampley Penn State University Press (November 11, 2013)

Matthew Rampley’s The Vienna School of Art History is the first book in over seventy-five years to study in depth and in context the practices of art history from 1847, the year the first teaching position...


The Bernward Gospels

by Jennifer P. Kingsley Penn State University Press (January 10, 2014)

Few works of art better illustrate the splendor of eleventh-century painting than the manuscript often referred to as the “precious gospels” of Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim, with its peculiar combination...


Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic

by James Elkins & Harper Montgomery Penn State University Press (August 20, 2013)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work....


What Do Artists Know?

by James Elkins Penn State University Press (November 16, 2012)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work....


Art and the Religious Image in El Greco's Italy

by Andrew R. Casper Penn State University Press (January 29, 2014)

Art and the Religious Image in El Greco’s Italy is the first book-length examination of the early career of one of the early modern period’s most notoriously misunderstood figures. Born around 1541, Domenikos...


The Politics of the Provisional

by Richard Taws Penn State University Press (April 08, 2013)

In revolutionary France the life of things could not be assured. War, shortage of materials, and frequent changes in political authority meant that few large-scale artworks or permanent monuments to the Revolution’s...


Humanism and the Urban World

by Caspar Pearson Penn State University Press (September 15, 2011)

In Humanism and the Urban World, Caspar Pearson offers a profoundly revisionist account of Leon Battista Alberti’s approach to the urban environment as exemplified in the extensive theoretical treatise De...


The Power and the Glorification

by Jan L. de Jong Penn State University Press (April 05, 2013)

Focusing on a turbulent time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, The Power and the Glorification considers how, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the papacy employed the visual arts to help...


Gunnar Asplund's Gothenburg

by Nicholas Adams Penn State University Press (October 08, 2014)

In the west coast port city of Gothenburg, Sweden, the architect Gunnar Asplund built a modest extension to an old courthouse on the main square (1934–36). Judged today to be one of the finest works of modern...