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Color and the Exchange of Ideas between Patron and Artist in Renaissance Italy

Thomas McGrath
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 82, No. 2 (Jun., 2000), pp. 298-308
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3051378
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3051378
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

The article investigates how artists and patrons exchanged ideas about color, and how the form and content of their communication affected the coloristic appearance of commissioned works. Discussion of color in contracts was usually limited to the quantity and cost of expensive pigments. Letters and drawings, however, sometimes indicate the desires of patrons and artists, the terminology employed, and what visual effects certain terms implied. Several commissions for S. Maria della Steccata in Parma involving Parmigianino, Giulio Romano, and Michelangelo Anselmi are particularly relevant, since an extensive record survives of both the visual and verbal exchanges between artists and patrons.

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