How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting

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Filled with great masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, and Titian, How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting takes the reader into their world. As in the internationally successful and innovative How to Read a Painting, each spread uses an important painting as a way to explain a key concept, with numerous large details. Here, 180 works illuminate key ideas in Renaissance painting, from "perpective" and "the...

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Overview

Filled with great masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, and Titian, How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting takes the reader into their world. As in the internationally successful and innovative How to Read a Painting, each spread uses an important painting as a way to explain a key concept, with numerous large details. Here, 180 works illuminate key ideas in Renaissance painting, from "perpective" and "the golden section" to "grace" and "symbolism." In addition, there are brief biographies of the major artists. The result is an original, accessible, and affordable volume that offers an introduction into the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance.

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Art historian Zuffi describes various compositional themes, topics, and techniques found in Italian Renaissance painting and illustrates each with a particular example. He introduces the reader to many fine-artists' works and provides historical and social detail about the era in which they lived in order to help understand their work. The book sports a two-page spread for each theme, which contains a biographical paragraph and a full reproduction of a painting with a focus on details showing which theme, topic, or technique being employed. For example, Zuffi uses Gentile da Fabriano's The Adoration of the Magi to illustrate the technique of "luxury," and Pietro Perugino's Apollo and Marsyas with its ancient Greek references for "Classicism." There are two indexes: one of all the terms and themes covered and a second of artists and their works. VERDICT The breadth of artists found here is impressive, and many well-known paintings are described. This unique approach to the subject can be seen as introductory for students, as well as of interest to the specialist and general reader. It is recommended for most Italian Renaissance collections and as a complementary text for art history students.—Ellen Bates, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810989405
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 399
  • Sales rank: 693,768
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefano Zuffi is an art historian and the author of numerous books on the art of the Italian Renaissance, including Abrams' Art in Venice (1999). He lives in Milan.

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