Italian Renaissance Art / Edition 1

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Overview

The most up-to-date and complete text on Italian Renaissance art and its artists yet published, with over 400 illustrations, 215 in color.

This introductory text on Italian Renaissance art and the artists who made it by the author of "A History of Western Art" and "Art Across Time" focuses on the most important and innovative artists and their principal works. The emphasis is on selectivity and understanding, and minor artists will be considered only briefly when relevant to the major artistic developments. The text also focuses on style and iconography, and on art and artists incorporating different methodological approaches to create a wider understanding and appreciation of art. Italian Renaissance Art contains over 400 illustrations, of which 215 are in full color integrated with the text and large enough to be properly viewed. There are also maps, plans and diagrams where appropriate. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are covered. The book contains a glossary, historical chronology, selected bibliography and index as well.

This introductory text on Italian Renaissance art and the artists who made it by the author of A History of Western Art and Art Across Time focuses on the most important and innovative artists and their principal works. The emphasis is on selectivity and understanding, and minor artists will be considered only briefly when relevant to the major artistic developments. The text 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. The book contains over 400 illustrations, of which 215 are in full color integrated with the text and large enough to be properly viewed. There are also maps, plans and diagrams when appropriate. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are covered.

The text begins with the late Byzantine work of Cimabue and continues into the Renaissance precursors of the fourteenth century: Giotto, Duccio, Simone Martini, the Lorenzetti. The context of early humanism and the role of Petrarch is also discussed. The artistic backlash after the plague of 1348 follows and the work of Orcagna and Andrea da Firenze. The Quattrocento, with Masaccio, Donatello, and Brunelleschi in Florence, is a particularly rich century and in-depth consideration of major artists and their works is only possible if well organized and focused. The text concludes with the High Renaissance and the transition to Mannerism with Michelangelo, Bramante, and Raphael in Rome,Leonardo in Milan and Titian in Venice..Throughout the text boxed asides contain descriptions of artistic media and techniques as well as discussions of background information necessary to the study of Renaissance art. Aside from the major artistic centers of Florence, Rome and Venice the text covers artistic developments in Siena, Rimini, Pienza,Umbria, the Marches, Naples, Verona, Ferrara, Mantua and other locations. The book contains a glossary, historical chronology, selected bibliography and index; 8 _" x 11" trim size; 440 pages.

Author Biography: Laurie Schneider Adamsteaches undergraduate and graduate students at CUNY. 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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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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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: 655,630
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor Emerita at John Jay College, City University of New York. At the Graduate Center she taught courses on Art and Psychoanalysis, Artists’ Biographies and Autobiographies, and the Italian Renaissance. She is the editor of the quarterly journal Source: Notes in the History of Art and the author of Art Across Time, A History of Western Art, The Methodologies of Art, as well as numerous other works.
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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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