The Form of Meaning – The Meaning of Form – Vol I


Irving Lavin

Studies in the History of Art from Late Antiquity to Jackson Pollock

Publication: March 2023

Volume I
24 x 17 cm
720 pp. 365 illus.

ISBN 1 899828 40 0
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 40 1

Book Description

These two volumes bring together all of Irving Lavin’s studies aside from those on Gian Lorenzo Bernini. They range from studies of the art and architecture of Late Antiquity to twentieth-century painting in New York. They are divided here by date, and include seven studies on the art of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, nine on the art of the Renaissance, eight on further topics in sixteenth-century art, seven on the Baroque, and six on Modern Art. There are three studies on the history of theatre and stage design, and twelve papers on the history of art in general, including obituaries of a number of influential art historians.

Lavin’s prize-winning study of Late Antique architecture and pioneering work on North African floor mosaics are included here. His interest in the Italian Renaissance appears in studies on the iconography of the myth of Cephalus and Procris, and the relationship between form and content in works by Donatello, Michelangelo, Pontormo, and Giovanni Bologna. The twentieth century is represented by essays on the printmaking of Picasso and the painting of Jackson Pollock.

Volume I Contents

  • Preface by John Mitchell
  • I. Antiquity and the Early Middles Ages: Review of David Talbot Rice, ed., The Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors
  • The House of the Lord, Aspects of the Role of Palace Triclinia in the Architecture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • The Mosaic Pavements at Arsameia on the Nymphaios
  • The Hunting Mosaics of Antioch and Their Sources. A Study of Compositional Principles in the Development of Early Mediaeval Style
  • The Ceiling Frescoes in Trier and Illusionism in Constantinian Painting
  • An Ancient Statue of the Empress Helen Reidentified; Reason and Unreason at Olynthus
  • II. The Renaisssance: Cephalus and Procris. Transformations of an Ovidian Myth
  • Cephalus and Procris. Underground Transformations
  • The Sources of Donatello’s Pulpits in San Lorenzo. Revival and Freedom of Choice in the Early Renaissance
  • The Sculptor’s “Last Will and Testament”
  • Donatello’s Bronze Pulpits in San Lorenzo and Early Christian Revival
  • David’s Sling and Michelangelo’s Bow: a Sign of Freedom;
  • Pisanello and the Invention of the Renaissance Medal
  • The Problem of the Choir of Florence Cathedral
  • Santa Maria del Fiore: Image of the Pregnant Madonna

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Volume II

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