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dc.contributor.advisorKessel, Elsje van
dc.contributor.advisorMoretti, Laura
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Alexa Jaye
dc.coverage.spatial[12], 357 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis doctoral dissertation explores the transcultural use of the material of blue paper for figure studies and figural compositions by artists working in sixteenth-century Venice and seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The research focuses on artists’ use of blue paper made with blue fibres, or that which is coloured blue during its production, rather than neutral papers that are prepared with a coloured wash. Blue paper provided a readily available mid-tone and its texture allowed friable drawing implements like chalk and charcoal to be absorbed into the paper at varying degrees. This interplay contributed to the achievement of rilievo, or the ability to model three-dimensional forms in space on a flat surface. Understanding the broader artistic, cultural, and theoretical frameworks that led to the employment of blue paper in these two centres of commercial and artistic exchange is central to our understanding of the material’s role in early modern artistic practice, as well as to our interpretations of the drawings themselves. Through object-based, technical, and archival research, as well as analyses of contemporary texts on art, this research is inherently interdisciplinary in examining the significance of the role of blue paper in Italian and Dutch artistic practice and stylistic development.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"Research for this project has been generously supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Italian Art Society, the Catherine and Alfred Forrest Trust Research Bursary, University of St Andrews, The Elizabeth Gilmore Holt Research Scholarship, Department of Art History, University of St Andrews, and the Association for Art History." -- Acknowledgementsen
dc.subjectArt historyen_US
dc.subjectBlue paperen_US
dc.subjectThe Netherlandsen_US
dc.subjectArtist materialsen_US
dc.subjectSixteenth centuryen_US
dc.subjectSeventeenth centuryen_US
dc.subjectEarly modernen_US
dc.subject.lcshArtists' materials--Historyen
dc.titleCarta azzurra / blauw papier : drawing on blue paper in Italy and the Netherlands, ca. 1450–ca. 1660en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorGladys Krieble Delmas Foundationen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorItalian Art Societyen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorCatherine and Alfred Forrest Trusten_US
dc.contributor.sponsorElizabeth Gilmore Holt Scholarshipen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. School of Art Historyen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorAssociation for Art History (Indiana University, Bloomington)en_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Restricted until 15th August 2027en

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