Alexander Nagel


On his book The Controversy of Renaissance Art

Cover Interview of July 13, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Reformation questions led to radical aesthetic experimentation.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Classicism, a new monumentality, and the most sophisticated pictorial developments were not the hallmarks of a new secular art so much as the primary means used to reform religious art.”

On the second:

“In Rosso’s interpretation, the beautiful body that is emerging from this process is androgynous, as if purified to a pre-gendered state—that is to say, the original state of humanity as understood by a long tradition of Platonic, Christian and Kabbalistic interpretations of the origins of humanity.”