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Williams, Robert 1955-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 125 publications in 4 languages and 3,718 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Guidebooks  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Sources  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Robert Williams
Art theory : an historical introduction by Robert Williams( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Art Theory: Art Historical Introduction is a unique survey of Western thought about art from ancient times to the present. This narrative geared to the needs of the general reader and beginning student, consists of six chapters covering the major periods of Western art history. Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the early modern period (Renaissance and Baroque). the Enlightenment, the nineteenth century, early twentieth-century modernism and postmodernism." "Wide-ranging and balanced in its analyses, the volume relates theory to the practice as well as to the intellectual- and cultural-historical currents of each period in doing so, it demonstrates the value of an historical approach to theoretical issues, and has the particular merit of showing how the modern conception of art as a critical practice develops out of older ideas. Illustrated throughout, Art Theory: An Historical Introduction also includes an extensive bibliography, providing a useful and up-to-date guide to the primary sources and secondary literature."--Jacket
Renaissance theory by James Elkins( )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Volume 5 in The Art Seminar series, Renaissance Theory presents an animated conversation among art historians about the optimal ways of conceptualizing Renaissance art, and the links between Renaissance art and contemporary art and theory. This is the first discussion of its kind, involving not only questions within Renaissance scholarship, but issues of concern to art historians and critics in all fields. Organized as a virtual roundtable discussion, the contributors discuss rifts and disagreements about how to understand the Renaissance and debate the principal texts and authors of the last 30 years who have sought to reconceptualize the period. They then turn to the issue of the relation between modern art and the Renaissance: why do modern art historians and critics so seldom refer to the Renaissance? Is the Renaissance our indispensable heritage, or are we cut off from it by the revolution of modernism?"--Jacket
Art, theory, and culture in sixteenth-century Italy : from techne to metatechne by Robert Williams( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical study of the literature on the visual arts produced during the period generally known as the Late Renaissance, Art, Theory, and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Italy presents a bold reinterpretation of Renaissance art as a whole. Whereas traditional accounts have emphasized specific concerns with the visible, the centrality of naturalism, and the assimilation of contemporary scientific interests, Robert Williams argues that art comes to be redefined as an all-comprehending form of knowledge, a mode of knowing distinguished by its ability to superintend other modes and thus, ideally, to subordinate all
The beholder : the experience of art in early modern Europe by Robert Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most significant developments in the study of works of art over the past generation has been a shift in focus from the works themselves to the viewer's experience of them and the relation of that experience both to the works in question and to other aspects of cultural life. The ten essays written for this volume address the experience of art in early modern Europe and approach it from a variety of methodological perspectives: concerns range from the relation between its perceptual and significative dimensions to the ways in which its discursive formation anticipates but does not exactly correspond to later notions of 'aesthetic' experience. The modes of engagement vary from careful empirical studies that explore the complex complementary relationship between works of art and textual evidence of different kinds to ambitious efforts to mobilize the powerful interpretative tools of psychoanalysis and phenomenology. This diversity testifies to the vitality of current interest in the experience of beholding and the urgency of the challenge it poses to contemporary art-historical practice."--Provided by publisher
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro : artist-brothers in Renaissance Rome by Julian Brooks( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most important series of drawings in late-sixteenth-century Italian art - the twenty large sheets by Federico Zuccaro showing the early life of his older brother, Taddeo - was acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1999. Never fully published, the series shows Taddeo's trials and tribulations as a young artist striving to achieve success in Renaissance Rome, and his eventual triumph. The drawings contain charming details of the life of a struggling artist and reveal much about the younger brother, Federico, a successful artist in his own right." "This volume - published to coincide with an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum - presents Federico Zuccaro's twenty drawings and accompanying poems in their historical and artistic context and will be of interest to art historians and general readers alike. Of particular importance is its examination of the role of the copying of masterworks in the training of Renaissance artists."--Jacket
The beauties of the city of Florence : a guidebook of 1591 by Francesco Bocchi( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raphael and the redefinition of art in Renaissance Italy by Robert Williams( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Raphael was one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most important and influential in the entire history of art. His practice of 'synthetic' or 'critical' imitation became a model of creative method; his engagement with the principle of decorum revealed its deeper expressive and philosophical significance and the operation of his workshop helped to redefine the nature of the work that artists do. Robert Williams draws upon the history of literature, philosophy, and religion, as well as upon economic history, to support his detailed and illuminating accounts of Raphael's major works. His analyses serve as the foundation for a set of hypotheses about the aims and aspirations of Italian Renaissance art in general and the nature of art-historical inquiry."--Publisher's description
Michael Baxandall, vision and the work of words by Robert Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most important art historian of his generation' is how some scholars have described the late Michael Baxandall (1933-2007), Professor of the Classical Tradition at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Baxandall's work had a transformative effect on the study of European Renaissance and eighteenth-century art, and contributed to a complex transition in the aims and methods of art history in general during the 1970s, '80s and '90s. While influential, he was also an especially subtle and independent thinker - occasionally a controversial one - and many of the implications of his work have yet to be fully understood and assimilated. This collection of 10 essays endeavors to assess the nature of Baxandall's achievement, and in particular to address the issue of the challenges it offers to the practice of art history today. This volume provides the most comprehensive assessment of Baxandall's work to date, while drawing upon the archive of Baxandall papers recently deposited at the Cambridge University Library and the Warburg Institute
Vincenzo Borghini and Vasari's "Lives" by Robert Williams( )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The zodiac of wit : Peter Meller and the graphic imagination by Robert Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Szenvedély és irónia : Meller Péter és a grafikai képzelőerő by Robert Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Hungarian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Baxandall by Robert Williams( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Art theory in Europe to 1800 by Robert Williams( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Leonardo and the Florentine Academy by Robert Williams( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

L'a. presenta testimonianze visive dell'influenza di Leonardo su artisti fiorentini contemporanei; propone prove della circolazione degli scritti di Leonardo a Firenze dopo la seconda metà del Cinquecento, in particolare tra letterati vicini all'ambiente artistico; rintraccia infine riferimenti alla precettistica leonardiana in una "Lezione su la pittura" tenuta all'Accademia del disegno nel 1569, qui attribuita a Lelio Torelli, e nel Discorso in lode di Andrea del Sarto scritto da Francesco Bocchi nel 1567
Art theory : an historical introduction by Robert Williams( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[This text] is a unique survey of Western thought about art from ancient times to the present. This ... narrative, geared to the needs of the general reader and beginning student, consists of six chapters covering the major periods of Western art history. Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the early modern period (Renaissance and Baroque), the Enlightenment, the nineteenth century, early twentieth-century modernism, and postmodernism. [It] relates theory to the practice as well as to the intellectual- and cultural-historical currents of each period. In doing so, it demonstrates the value of an historical approach to theoretical issues, and has the particular merit of showing how the modern conception of art as a critical practice develops out of older ideas.-Back cover
Boccaccio's altarpiece by Robert Williams( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Leonardo's modernity : subjectivity as symptom by Robert Williams( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nell'ambito di una riflessione generale sul legame tra il temperamento dell'artista e le sue opere d'arte, l'a. evidenzia i tratti moderni che caratterizzanti l'attività artistica leonardiana che - sia per la libertà dell'approccio alla disciplina artistica, sia per il valore attribuito alla soggettività nella creazione artistica - ritiene essere ormai distante dal rigore della pratica accademica rinascimentale
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1 edition published in 2011 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Renaissance theoryArt, theory, and culture in sixteenth-century Italy : from techne to metatechneThe beholder : the experience of art in early modern EuropeTaddeo and Federico Zuccaro : artist-brothers in Renaissance RomeThe beauties of the city of Florence : a guidebook of 1591
Alternative Names
Williams, Robert Joseph 1955-

윌리암스, 로버트 1955-

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