Pleasure and Piety

Pleasure and Piety The Art of Joachim Wtewael

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Synopsis

The first major English-language survey of the artist's life and work

A brilliant colorist and masterful storyteller, Dutch mannerist Joachim Wtewael (1566-1638) wielded a remarkably skilled brush and the technical ability to show it off in intricate compositions. He took inspiration from a wide range of biblical and mythological sources to create imaginative, often quite erotic scenes. While such pictures were prized in Wtewael's time, more recently they were hidden away-behind other paintings, in leather folders on bookshelves, and in the reserves of great museums. This richly illustrated volume brings together more than fifty of Wtewael's finest paintings and drawings, from a small jewel-like picture on copper depicting Mars and Venus to large-scale mannerist showpieces such as The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and Perseus and Andromeda.

A pillar of the Utrecht community, Wtewael was engaged in business, religion, and politics as well as art. He adopted the exotic mannerist style, full of artifice and inventive manipulation, and continued to be fascinated by the challenge of creating sophisticated variations well into his maturity, when other Dutch artists had turned to naturalism. This book explores Wtewael's amazingly refined and detailed paintings and drawings, shedding light on his reputation, his life, and the conflicted times-marked by iconoclasm and strife-in which he thrived.

Book information

ISBN: 9780691166063
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 759.9492
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxv, 210
Weight: 1582g
Height: 290mm
Width: 252mm
Spine width: 26mm