Italian Renaissance Sculpture (World of Art)

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The sculptors of the Italian Renaissance transformed their Classical and regional heritage. From about 1260 to 1600, these masters introduced revolutionary innovations in freestanding figures and portraits, while on reliefs convincing perspective was rendered for the first time, predating its use in painting. The Renaissance notion of the artist as genius is vividly embodied in contemporary sculptors, from Nicola Pisano through Brunelleschi and Donatello to Michelangelo and Giambologna. Roberta Olson surveys the ...
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Overview

The sculptors of the Italian Renaissance transformed their Classical and regional heritage. From about 1260 to 1600, these masters introduced revolutionary innovations in freestanding figures and portraits, while on reliefs convincing perspective was rendered for the first time, predating its use in painting. The Renaissance notion of the artist as genius is vividly embodied in contemporary sculptors, from Nicola Pisano through Brunelleschi and Donatello to Michelangelo and Giambologna. Roberta Olson surveys the extraordinary artistic achievements of the period, which were to affect for ever after the practice of Western art.
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Art historian Olson provides a well-defined overview of significant works of sculpture created from 1260 to 1600. She arranges her chapters chronologically, from the earliest architecturally related fountains, tombs, and pulpits through the freestanding sculpture of Donatello to Michelangelo and the Mannerists. Along the way, she treats the reader to a survey of the best-known artists: Ghiberti, the della Robbias, Verrocchio, Pallauiolo, and Giambalogna, all discussed in their established and regional context. The 171 illustrations, 20 in color, are of good quality. Part of the paperback World of Art series, this fills a need for a basic, inexpensive introduction. Recommended.-- Ellen Bates, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500202531
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the Scene 7
1 The First Stage of the Renaissance 11
2 The Mature Renaissance: Beginning the Second Stage 41
3 The Spread of the Renaissance 61
4 Donatello: The Great Innovator 73
5 Sculpture in Mid-Fifteenth Century Florence 93
6 Embellishment: Late Quattrocento Florence 111
7 Renaissance Fever outside Florence, 1450-1500 127
8 The High Renaissance 149
9 Michelangelo 157
10 The Sixteenth Century and the Legacy of Michelangelo 179
Select Bibliography 213
Museum Locations and Acknowledgments for Photographs 214
Index 215
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