Papers included in the volume concern subjects ranging from medieval illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance painting, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, to 17th-century works of art.
This book consists of ten articles, written in English, German, French and Italian, between 1962 and 2016. The papers, which discuss subjects ranging from medieval art to the Baroque, have been selected as the author’s most representative studies.
The texts deal with the history of architecture and art in relation to the contemporary realm of religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas. At the same time, the works herein discussed are not only treated as products of the skills and talents of individual artist-creators but also as an expression of the needs of the society of recipients and in particular of the needs and culture of those who commissioned them; hence, the book’s main title.