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- DescriptionSebastia del Piombo (c.1485-1547) was a close associate and rival of the central artistic figures of the High Renaissance, tably Michelangelo and Raphael. After the death of Raphael and the departure of Michelangelo from Rome, Sebastia became the dominant artistic personality in the city. Despite being one of most significant artistic figures of the period, he remains the last artist of major importance in the western can about whom recent work has been published in English. In this study, Piers Baker-Bates approaches Sebastia's career through analysis of the patrons he attracted following his arrival at Rome. The first half of the book concentrates on Sebastia's network of patrons, predominantly Italian, who had strong factional ties to the Imperial camp; the second half discusses Sebastia's relationship with his principal Spanish patrons. Sebastia is a leading example of a transcultural artist in the sixteenth century and his relationship with Spain was fundamental to the development of his career The author investigates the domination of Sebastia's career by patrons who had geographically different origins, but who were all were members of a wider network of Imperial loyalties. Thus Baker-Bates removes Sebastia from the shadow of his contemporaries, bringing him to life for the reader as an artistic personality in his own right. Baker-Bates' characterization of the Rome in which Sebastia made his career differs from previous scholarly accounts, and he describes how Sebastia was ideally suited to flourish in the environment he depicts. Sebastia del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome thus re-appraises t only Sebastia's place in the can of Renaissance art but, using him as a lens, also the cultural worlds of Early Modern Italy and Spain in which he operated.
- Author BiographyPiers Baker-Bates is a Research Associate in Art History at the Open University, UK. He is co-editor of The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy (2015).
- Author(s)Piers Baker-Bates
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication24/08/2016
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleVisual Culture in Early Modernity
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight793 g
- Width174 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine20 mm
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