The School of Prague

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

The School of Prague
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Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

324 pages | 16 color plates, 494 halftones, 1 map | © 1988
Cloth $97.50 ISBN: 9780226427270 Published April 1988
The School of Prague provides both a much-needed catalogue raisonné of painting in Rudolfine Prague and a significant reassessment of Renaissance art theory and practice. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann masterfully reconstructs the Prague court, discussing the "mannerist" art it patronized and the artists who were active in it.

Mitchell Foundation: Mitchell Prize for the History of Art

Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award

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Preface and Acknowledgments to the French Edition
I. The Emperor and the Arts
Painting and Politics: Problems of Interpretation
Patronage, Collecting, and Painting: The Arts as a Form of Representation
The Emperor's Involvement in the Arts: Imperial Taste
2. The Emperor's Artists
The Formation of the Circle of Court Painters in Prague
Throne and Workshop: The Status of the Arts in Prague
3. The Artist's Tasks: Genres of Painting in Rudolfine Prague
Allegorical, Mythological, and Religious Painting in Prague
Rudolfine Portraiture
Painting of "Low-Life" Scenes
Nature Studies, Landscape, Still Life, and Animal Painting in Prague
4. Prague Painting: Modes of Art and the Modern Style
Painting at the Court of Rudolf II and the Problem of Mannerism
Modes and Genres in Rudolfine Painting
The Making of "Modern" Styles in Prague
5. Painting at the Court of Rudolf II and Its Place in the History of Art
The Place of Rudolfine Painting in Its Bohemian Milieu
The School of Prague as a School for Europe
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