The Eloquent Artist


Essays on Art, Art Theory & Architecture, Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century

24 x 17 cm
546 pp. 224 illus.
Publication: 2004
ISBN 1 899828 65 6
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 65 4

Book Description

This volume presents a selection of studies written during the past decades by Professor DaCosta Kaufmann on a variety of topics concerning the history of painting, sculpture, art theory, collecting, and architecture. It includes several of his ground-breaking essays interpreting art at the Prague court of Rudolf II (1576-1512). However, the collection represents other aspects of the broad range of his interests as well: the papers gathered here range through Central Europe from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.

In addition to essays on Rudolfine Prague, another “complex of papers deals with art at other courts in Salzburg, Germany, the Low Countries, and Denmark in the early “seventeenth century, and with art during the time of the Thirty Years’ War. Two papers consider important developments in the history of collecting. Five essays offer interpretations of architecture (and sculpture) in Bohemia, Germany, Austria and Poland during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

While concentrating on the visual arts and architecture of Central Europe, many of these essays engage with broader issues of cultural history. Many of them also offer approaches”which will be of more general methodological interest.


  • Introduction
  • Interpretation and Art Theory, Chiefly in Relation to Sculpture and Painting at the Court of Rudolf II: Hermeneutics in the History of Art: Remarks on the Reception of Dürer in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-century Art
  • The Eloquent Artist: Towards an Understanding of the Stylistics of Painting at the Court of Rudolf II
  • Perspectives on Prague: Rudolfine Stylistics Reviewed
  • Reading Van Mander on the Reception of Rome: A Crux in the Biography of Spranger in the Schilder-Boeck
  • Gar lecherlich: ‘Low-life Painting’ in Rudolfine Prague
  • Empire Triumphant: Notes on an Imperial Allegory by Adriaen de Vries in the National Gallery of Art
  • A ‘Modern’ Sculptor in Prague. Adriaen de Vries and the Paragone of the Arts
  • Art of the Seventeenth Century (including the Impact and Aftermath of Rudolfine Prague): Die Kunst am Hofe Rudolf II in Bezug auf das Salzburg Wolf Dietrichs
  • Planeten im kaiserlichen Universum. Prag und die Kunst an den deutschen Fürstenhöfen zur Zeit Rudolfs II.
  • Archduke Albrecht as an Austrian Habsburg and Prince of the Empire
  • Review Article.”Christian IV and Europe, The 19th Art Exhibition of the Council of Europe, Copenhagen, 1988,”
  • War and Peace, Art and Destruction, Myth and Reality: Considerations of the Thirty Years’ War in Relation to Art in (Central) Europe
  • La guerre de trente ans a-t-elle eu lieu? Continuités et discontinuités pendant la guerre
  • Collecting and Architecture, Chiefly in the Eighteenth Century
  • From Treasury to Museum: The Collections of the Austrian Habsburgs
  • A Gesamtkunstwerk in the Unmaking? The Kunstkammer and the Age of the Bel Composto
  • Schlüter’s Fate. Comments on Sculpture, Science and Patronage in Central and Eastern Europe c. 1700
  • Das Theater der Pracht, Charolottenburg und die europäische Hofkultur um 1700
  • ‘Gothico More Nondum Visa’: The ‘ Modern Gothic’ Architecture of Jan Blažej Santini Aichl
  • Schlaun – ein unzeitgemäßer Zeitgenosse?
  • Architecture and Sculpture [in Schubert’s Vienna]
  • Index
  • Plates

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