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Sense and the senses in early modern art and cultural practice

Sense and the senses in early modern art and cultural practice

Sanger, Alice E., editor; Walker, Siv Tove Kulbrandstad, editor

Employing a wide range of approaches from various disciplines, contributors to this volume explore the diverse ways in which European art and cultural practice from the 14th through the 17th centuries confronted, interpreted, represented and evoked the realm of the sensual

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Alice E. Sanger and Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker
ISBN: 1138110124, 9781138110120
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
Physical Description: xv, 257 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm.
Series: Visual culture in early modernity
Subject: Senses and sensation in art.; Art, European Themes, motives.; Art and Design.; Arts, Renaissance.; Arts, Baroque.; Senses and sensation Social aspects Europe History.
Series Title: Visual culture in early modernity.


  1. Introduction: making sense of the senses, Alice E. Sanger and Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker
  2. Part I Contemplating the Senses: The trouble with odours in Petrarch's De Remediis, Alessandro Arcangeli
  3. Natural magic, artificial music and birds at Francesco I de'Medici's Pratolino, Suzanne B. Butters
  4. Sight, science, and the still-life paintings of Juan Sánchez Cotán, Mindy Nancarrow. Part II Sustaining Body and Soul: Sensing death: the danse macabre in early modern Europe, Sophie Oosterwijk
  5. Peeling the onion: experiencing the senses in Bronzino's burlesque poem La cipolla, Robert W. Gaston
  6. Appetites: food, eating and the senses in 16th-century Italy, Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker
  7. The Villa Pamphilj on the Janiculum hill: the garden, the senses and good health in 17th-century Rome, Susan Russell. Part III Sensual Encounters: Thematizing vision in the Renaissance: the noli me tangere as a metaphor for art making, Lisa M. Rafanelli
  8. Touching looks: masculinizing the maternal-feminine in Poussin's Tancred and Erminia, Phillippa Plock
  9. In the hand of the beholder: Isabella d'Este and the sensual allure of sculpture, Geraldine A. Johnson
  10. Sensuality, sacred remains, and devotion in Baroque Rome, Alice E. Sanger
  11. Bibliography
  12. Index.