Distance Points

Distance Points

Studies in Theory and Renaissance Art and Architecture

By James S. Ackerman





These essays by one of America's foremost historians of art and architecture range over theory and criticism, the search for connections between art and science in the Renaissance, and specific works of Renaissance architecture. The largest group of essays, dealing with the character of Renaissance architecture, are models of art historical scholarship in their direct approach to identifying the essentials of a building and the social and intellectual context in which they should be viewed. Another group of essays explores encounters between the traditions of artistic practice and early optics and color theory. The three essays that begin this collection bring to light the intellectual and moral concerns that underlie all of Ackerman's art historical work.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262011228 589 pp. | 7.1 in x 9.8 in


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  • James Ackerman's essays are nuggets of pure gold in themainstream of American cultural history. They exemplifythe very best art history has achieved in our time.

    Irving Lavin

    The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

  • Ackerman's influence on American studies of Renaissance architecture is incalculable. This collection of essays reflecting his achievements is a milestone of architectural history, a truly important enterprise.

    Tod A. Marder

    Department of Art History, Rutgers University