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Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance

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  • Editor: Maryan W. Ainsworth
  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 496
  • Illustrations: 453 (237 in full color and 116 in black-and-white)
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 12''
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780300166576



Edited by Maryan W. Ainsworth

Jan Gossart (Netherlandish, ca. 14721532) has long been recognized for his pivotal role in disseminating and transforming the art of antiquity and the Italian Renaissance style in the North. This catalogue raisonn of the Netherlandish painter, draftsman, and printmaker is the first major publication on the artist in more than forty years. His achievement is reevaluated here in light of the many discoveries revealed by recent scholarship and new technical examination of the paintings. Among the topics discussed are the impact of Gossarts trip to Rome; the influence of his patron Philip of Burgundy; his simultaneous work in Gothic and new antique modes; the attribution of all his extant drawings, including a number of newly found sheets; the first serious consideration of his prints; and the evolution of his working methods and painting techniques.

496 pages, 453 illustrations (237 in full color, 116 in black and white). 9 1/2'' x 12''. Hardcover; clothbound with jacket.

Winner of the College Art Association's 2012 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A catalog of Gossarts complete oeuvre.
The New York Times

ExcellentGossart changed the way art looked in his influential corner of the worldmore deeply, more profoundly than any other artists in the region of the Burgundian Netherlands.
The Los Angeles Times

"This is a landmark book of the highest scholarship, which will stand as the authoritative source on the artist for years to come. It has set the bar very high indeed for future scholarship, which one can only hope this sterling contribution will motivate."
"a "summa" of Maryan Ainsworths decades-long exploration of the artistic legacy of this place and time. Using a variety of methods technical analysis, connoisseurship, archival research, biography, iconography, and sustained attention to each objectshe and the other authors place Gossart at the center of a rich world of intertwined relationships."
"The book is also significant for the insightful way in which it situates Gossart among his contemporaries"
The College Art Association

"This splendid catalogue introduces [Gossart] as draughtsman and print maker, discusses (bravely) his collaborations, and places him in the context of his time."
Evening Standard

welcome in giving public shape to a complicated career.
Times Literary Supplement

opulent catalogue
Sunday Telegraph

excellent, indispensible catalogue raisonn酔
The Financial Times

a monument of fine scholarship, based on fresh examination of most of the works of art.
the splendidly illustrated book will remain the long-lasting bible on Gossaert
The Burlington Magazine

"Much- needed, comprehensive reappraisal of the artists entire oeuvre This exceptional publication by expert contributors will be of interest primarily to graduate students, museum professionals, scholars, and art lovers."
Library Journal

A massive enterprisea treatment so comprehensive that it will be definitive for generations.
Art Newspaper

A significant scholarly achievement in its own right, the exhibitions catalogue contains many excellent essays as well as a meticulously researched catalogue raisonn. The drawings section, by Stijn Alsteens, is notable for its confident use of the literature and its consummate sensitivity to the contingent nature of connoisseurship.

This magnificently produced and richly illustrated catalogue will serve as the indispensable and solid foundation for understanding anything about Jan Gossart.

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