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Alexander Nagel’s Medieval Modern and Amy Knight Powell’s Depositions

Jan Mostaert, Triptych of the Deposition from the Cross, ca. 1520, triptych, oil on wood panel, open: 55 3/8 x 74".

Medieval Modern: Art Out of Time, by Alexander Nagel. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012. 312 pages.

Depositions: Scenes from the Late Medieval Church and the Modern Museum, by Amy Knight Powell. New York: Zone Books, 2012. 369 pages.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED ALREADY: The Renaissance is finally contemporary again. Documenta 12 staged a dialogue between the venerable old-masters collection at Schloss Wilhelmshöhe and newly commissioned works, and at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Tintoretto was granted the place of honor. Now Alexander Nagel, one of the luminaries of Renaissance art history, and rising scholar Amy Knight Powell each set out to provide a theoretical framework for this itch to link the old and the new. Both Nagel’s Medieval Modern: Art Out of Time and Powell’s Depositions: Scenes from the Late Medieval Church and the Modern Museum make a case for the unbroken actuality and relevance

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