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Art historian Laurie Schneider Adams brings to students a vibrant and engaging presentation of Renaissance art history that is supported by up-to-date scholarship and methodology. The text opens with the late Byzantine work of Cimabue and concludes with the transition to Mannerism. The author’s focus is on the most important and innovative artists and their principal works, with a clear emphasis on selectivity and understanding. Italian Renaissance Art also focuses on style and iconography, and on art and artists, incorporating different methodological approaches to create a wider understanding and appreciation of the art.Distinguishing features of this text include: Over 400 illustrations, with 215 in full color, are integrated with the text, and large enough to properly view. In depth coverage on the most important and innovative artists and their principle works throughout Italy. Side boxes that provide additional material on techniques, biographical data, descriptions of artistic media, as well as necessary background information are used in every chapter. “Controversy” boxes introduce some of the ongoing scholarly quarrels among Renaissance art historians. Maps, plans, and diagrams are also included throughout. A historical chronology, a full glossary of art-historical terms, and a select bibliography are also included at the end of the text.
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Editorial Reviews

Adams (art history, John Jay College, City U. of New York) has produced an undergraduate textbook which contains a manageable history of the Italian Renaissance; it's about half the size of the well known text by Frederick Hartt. Adams begins with the early precursors Cimabue and Nicola Pisano before turning to Duccio and Giotto, who are covered in depth. The book concludes with the beginning of Mannerism, which is not covered. Numerous inset boxes provide short political histories, biographies of important thinkers and writers, and describe painting techniques. The frequent, good quality illustrations are mostly in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A clearly written, straightforward account of the story of Italian Renaissance art from its origins to Mannerism. The bulk of the material centers around central Italian painting, as it should, but other important, smaller centers are also included. The discussion of the various art forms is nicely balanced…. I especially liked the sidebars which add necessary material—historical, literary, technical and so forth—to the text without encumbering it…. This is a very good book which should furnish us with the new and useable text we have been waiting for. I would certainly use it in my classroom."
Bruce Cole, Distinguished Professor, Chairman, department of the history of art, Indiana University

”This sensibly selective and well-written introduction to Italian Renaissance art covers the main centers throughout Italy and describes the major artists and their works from different critical and methodological points of view. The large-format illustrations make this text particularly useful.”
The late James Beck, Professor of Art History, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813336916
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 910,918
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Schneider Adams teaches undergraduate and graduate students at John Jay College, CUNY and the Graduate Center. She has previously taught at Sarah Lawrence College, University of Florida, Columbia University, and Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Art Across Time, The Methodologies of Art, A History of Western Art, Art and Psychoanalysis, Art on Trial, and editor of Giotto in Perspective. She is the editor or the quarterly journal Source: Notes in the History of Art.
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Table of Contents

Condensed Table of Contents

Part I: Precursors of the Renaissance
1. The Thirteenth Century
2. Trecento Precursors

Part II: The Quattrocento
3. Architecture and Sculpture in Florence: 1400–1430
4. Painting in Florence: 1400–1430
5. Painting in Florence: 1430–1460
6. Painting in Florence, II: 1430–1460
7. Sculpture and Architecture in Florence: 1430s–1460s
8. Developments in Siena, Rimini, and Pienza: 1400–1460
9. Developments in Umbria, the Marches, and Naples: 1400s–1460s
10. Sculpture and Architecture in Florence after 1450
11. Painting in Florence after 1450
12. Fifteenth-Century Developments in Verona, Ferrara, and Mantua
13. Developments in Late Fifteenth- and Early Sixteenth-Century Venice

Part III: The Cinquecento
14. Leonardo and Bramante: Late Fifteenth- and Early Sixteenth-Century Developments in Florence and Milan
15. Michelangelo and Raphael: The Late Fifteenth Century to 1505
16. Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael: Developments in Rome to 1520
17. Venice in the Sixteenth Century
18. Michelangelo after 1520 and the Transition to Mannerism

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