The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance (Hardcover)

Geography, Mobility, and Style

By David Young Kim

Yale University Press, 9780300198676, 304pp.

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

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This important and innovative book examines artists’ mobility as a critical aspect of Italian Renaissance art. It is well known that many eminent artists such as Cimabue, Giotto, Donatello, Lotto, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian traveled. This book is the first to consider the sixteenth-century literary descriptions of their journeys in relation to the larger Renaissance discourse concerning mobility, geography, the act of creation, and selfhood.
David Young Kim carefully explores relevant themes in Giorgio Vasari’s monumental Lives of the Artists, in particular how style was understood to register an artist’s encounter with place. Through new readings of critical ideas, long-standing regional prejudices, and entire biographies, The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance provides a groundbreaking case for the significance of mobility in the interpretation of art and the wider discipline of art history.

About the Author

David Young Kim is assistant professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting lecturer at the University of Zurich. 

Praise For The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance: Geography, Mobility, and Style

“A significant and distinctive intervention in Renaissance art history, indeed in art history in general.”—Stuart Lingo, University of Washington

— Stuart Lingo

"The Travelling Artist forever changed the way I think about Renaissance art and literature, Vasari and Lotto, Venetian painting, and so much more. . . . A luminous piece of writing.”—Philip Sohm, University of Toronto

— Philip Sohm

“No summary of Kim’s book can do justice to the richness of his treatment of the topic and his utilization of a whole range of period sources relating to other subjects including travel literature and natural history.”—Christian K. Kleinbub, CAA Reviews

— Christian K. Kleinbub