Anne Dunlop


On her book Painted Palaces: The Rise of Secular Art in Early Renaissance Italy

Cover Interview of August 18, 2009


Painted Palaces is intended to spur a new, hard look at the early Renaissance, stripped of all the truisms about the period.  It’s a challenge to both Renaissance historians and modernists, a call to recast the prehistory of the modern artwork.  If the book also encourages more work on secular materials, or on out-of-the way centers of production, so much the better.

This is a first step in a far-reaching rewriting in the History of Art: the idea of the secular artwork has a very long history, and the long triumph of mimesis in the West is still very much to be explored.

© 2009 Anne Dunlop