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  1. In probably the biggest bet an art historian ever placed on our ability to see the impacts of health on art, Millard Meiss in “Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death,” (1951) argued that the experience of living through the plague of 1348 prompted Central Italian artists of the so-called Proto-Renaissance to develop archaizing stylistic tendencies. The argument could be summed up as “In the face of the horrors of the Black Death, artists came to feel that the push towards ever greater naturalism that had been initiated by Giotto, had been misguided, perhaps even profane. So, stylistically, they turned back the clock, and began to adopt pictorial conventions more typically ‘medieval.”

    Grist for Chris, Don and Matt’s mill?

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