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Combining research and ideas from the histories of art, medicine, and natural philosophy, this book demonstrates the significance of lifelikeness in Renaissance art and considers the implications of claims that a work of art is a living thing. Critical language describing such works became codified. This period also witnessed the advent of early modern medicine and anatomical science. Sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance artists rendered images in painting and sculpture that are so higholy mimetic as to be nearly lifelike.
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