Monday, October 11, 2004

Renaissance Art and Italy

If you have any interest at all in the topic of Renaissance art and its flowering in Italy, go read this post by Friedrich Blowhard. The subject itself is fascinating, and I agree with Friedrich that a lot of art history tends to treat art as if it exists in some parallel universe, somehow separate from "the real world". It used to bug me when music history texts would include a paragraph or two along the lines of "Here's what was going on when Mozart lived: the French and Indian Wars, followed by the American Revolution, followed by the beginnings of the French let's talk about Mozart's Minuet for Six Pianos and a Flute in C, K742."

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