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Art History

Patrick Hunt believes the perceived boundaries between academic subjects are too often arbitrary and artificial, and thus explores junctions between many intersecting areas of interest across the broader Humanities, sciences and the arts.



Caravaggio was the most revolutionary artist of the Italian Baroque. The intensity and drama of his chiaroscuro style is matched only by his life. Outlaw, heretic, murderer and sensualist are some of the charges brought against him by his contemporaries.

Hunt's Carvaggio has been highly acclaimed in reviews including the ART NEWSPAPER International in London (December 2004) where it was described as "first-class" and "a rattling good yarn."

"Of considerable value to serious students of art history..."
Library Journal

"A large, sumptuous volume, profusely illustrated with excellent color plates that are carefully integrated into the text itself... meticulous scholarship... underlines its lively prose."
John Varriano, College Art Association --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Haus Publishing; Second Edition edition (June 11, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1908323231
164 pages

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RembrandtREMBRANDT: His Life in Art

Four hundred years after his birth, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is still celebrated as one of the greatest biblical artists of all time. In the early seventeenth century, he was acclaimed as a portraitist, a master engraver and draftsman, a civic painter, and a landscape artist only to be nearly abandoned by society later in his life. Rembrandt's unparalleled work in his paintings speaks the best about his life, and this book is a strong narrative of the story of his life as it reflects in the story of his art. The author outlines important facts about Rembrandt's life to the general reader and presents new ideas and observations on his mastery over iconography and human emotions across the breadth of his art work. In this riveting book-accompanied by beautiful full color photos of some of Rembrandt's most noteworthy works­-Patrick Hunt provides students and lovers of art history,­ a brief yet insightful sketch on the mysteries that surround the life and work of this genius master painter. Patrick Hunt is on the Classics and Archaeology faculty at Stanford University since 1994. He has authored many articles on art history, mythology, and archaeology and specifically on Rembrandt's use of mythology and biblical narratives.


"...Hunt sensitively considers how the circumstances of Rembrandt's life affected his art...for specialists this book has some ideas worth noting and that deserve to be more widely known...a highly readable and accessible work for the general public and an unexpected source of insight for scholars..."
A.L.A. journal CHOICE (American Library Association)

Publisher: University Readers; 2 edition (June 15, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-1934269039
Paperback: 168 pages

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Myth and Art in EkphrasisMYTH AND ART IN EKPHRASIS

Mythology has inspired countless generations of humanity for millennia, from the parent culture of a myth to cultures fairly removed in time, space and language. Poets, artists, historians and philosophers have interpreted the stories in many ways, and Greek and Roman myths in particular are rich in paradox and narrative wisdom that artists have also visually illustrated, often depicting the crux or dramatic climax of a story in close detail. Biblical material also provides a wealth of material for similar reinterpretations for artists or writers. Whether in language with figures like similes and metaphors, or in visual imagery from sculptures, mosaics, wall-paintings and other ancient media, retelling of mythology in parallel versions often borrow from each other and influence each other. For example, a wide range of artists including Dürer, Cranach, Rembrandt, Dore, Klimt, Waterhouse or anonymous ancient vase painters, mosaicists and sculptors reinterpret seminal texts of poets and thinkers such as Homer, Plato, Virgil, Ovid, Dante or biblical material.

Whether ancient or modern in its applications, Ekphrasis is an ancient Greek word that essentially has to do with literary versions inspiring visual artistic versions, or vice versa. Visual literacy can be as important as verbal literacy, and tracing these symbiotic influences and looking at their backgrounds are some of the primary foci of Patrick Hunt's new book, Myth and Art in Ekphrasis.

October, 2010 by Cognella Academic Publishing
ISBN: 978-1609277772
134 pages

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Art of ChristmasPuer Natus Est: Art of Christmas

Puer Natus Est (A Child is Born): Art of Christmas celebrates almost two thousand years of art on the theme of Advent. The book pairs artwork, including sculpture, painting and other media, with narratives of the gospels and related literature. The written texts support the art and fill in perceived gaps in the story of Christ's birth. The book begins with illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period and continues on through Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Gozzoli, Bellini, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Georges de la Tour and many others. Included in the book are representations of the Annunciation, the Journey to Bethlehem, the Adoration of the Shepherds, the Nativity, the Journey of the Magi, the Dream of Joseph and other timeless themes from what many call the greatest story every told. The Advent season has inspired some of the world's finest art. Puer Natus Est: Art of Christmas gives us the opportunity to view the miraculous through the eyes of the great masters.

Publisher: Cognella (November 23, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1609275204
Paperback: 224 pages

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Renaissance VisionsRenaissance Visions: Myth and Art

In Renaissance Visions, Patrick Hunt details selected ekphrases of great painters such as Titian, Mantegna, Leonardo, Bruegel, Michelangelo, among others, on myth. It explores the extensive background and legend surrounding twelve favorite works of Renaissance art, such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Caravaggio's Narcissus. Here are vivid interpretations of these classic representations of Greek and Roman myth, taking into account the ambiguity of the original stories and the subsequent variety of perspectives on their meaning. In conversational prose that invites the reader to delve into the book, the book transports the reader into an era devoted to beauty and myth.

March, 2008 by University Readers
ISBN: 978-1934269145
144 pages

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