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p. 1209. Michelangelo: the birth of the artist and of art historylocked

  • Geraldine A. Johnson

Abstract

The notion of the artist as a creative genius and personality is a modern one. Until the Renaissance, many of the objects and images produced would have been viewed first in terms of their patron, function, medium, or iconography, rather than being associated with the name of the person who made them. ‘Michelangelo: the birth of the artist and of art history’, using Michelangelo as an example, looks at how the art world has changed from one where the artwork was valued as a carefully crafted object to valuing the artist's creativity, concept, and idea. It is a challenge to ‘see’ the art of the Renaissance as Renaissance beholders would have done but trying to do so helps us to understand not just who made art, but why and how they did.

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