Table of Contents for Born under Saturn: the character and conduct of artists / by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower ; introduction by Joseph Connors, available from. Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists: a Documented History from Antiquity to the French Revolution. Front Cover. Rudolf Wittkower, Margot. Rudolph and Margot Wittkower, Born Under Saturn. New York: Random House, , pp. , 89 illustrations, $ John Sandberg Ph.D. Ohio State.

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Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Despite the authors’ insistence that they don’t want the book to be a collection of meandering and contradictory anecdotes, it’s largely what it is.

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Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists by Margot Wittkower

Click here to buy this book Amazon. The Character and Conduct of Artists: Rudolf WittkowerMargot Wittkower. New York Review of Books- Art – pages. This idea of the alienated artist, the Wittkowers demonstrate, comes into its own in the Renaissance, as part of the new bid by visual artists to distinguish themselves from craftsmen, with whom they were then lumped together.

Where the skilled artisan had worked under the sign of light-fingered Mercury, the ambitious artist identified himself with the mysterious and brooding Saturn. Alienation, in effect, was a rung by which artists sought satutn climb the social ladder.

As to the reputed madness of artists—well, some have been as mad as hatters, some as tough-minded as the shrewdest businessmen, unver many others wildly and willfully eccentric but hardly crazy. The Wittkowers have read everything and have countless anecdotes to relate: These make Born Under Saturn a comprehensive, quirky, and endlessly diverting resource for students of history and lovers of the arts.


Selected pages Title Page. Creation in Solitude 53 MichelangelosDistress of Mind and Temper. Was Franz Xaver Messerschmidt insane?

Tribulations of Mind and Body. Sixteenth Century Critics of Eccentric Artists.

The Image of the Noble Artist. Rubensthe Perfect Gentleman Hugo van der Goes Case History. Other editions – View all Born Under Saturn: Snippet view – Rudolf WittkowerMargot Wittkower No preview available – References to this book Bohemians: He was on the staff of the Warburg Institute, London, and became wittkwoer at the University of London.

After moving to London with her husband, she became an expert on neo-Palladian architecture.