Artibus et Historiae no. 24 (XII)

1991, ISSN 0391-9064

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JOSEPH MANCA - Friedrich Vogelfrei's Ferrarese Notebook

The author argues that fifteenth-century Ferrarese art should be regarded not as neurotic and disturbing but rather as witty and pleasingly stylized. Its noble patrons would have found the artificiality and variety of the style refreshingly novel. Other aspects of Ferrarese culture tend to support such an interpretation. Those who claim that the art of Ferrara is harsh and jarring are apparently using Florentine standards of normality as a yardstick.

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