Master Drawings of the Italian Renaissance

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A beautifully designed selection of the finest Italian Renaissance drawings from the British Museum, the Louvre and other French public collections, giving remarkable insight into the creative processes of some of the greatest artists in history.

This book features masterpieces of Italian Renaissance drawings from the British Museum, the Louvre and other French public collections in Lille, Rennes and Chantilly.

Beginning with an examination of ...

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Overview

A beautifully designed selection of the finest Italian Renaissance drawings from the British Museum, the Louvre and other French public collections, giving remarkable insight into the creative processes of some of the greatest artists in history.

This book features masterpieces of Italian Renaissance drawings from the British Museum, the Louvre and other French public collections in Lille, Rennes and Chantilly.

Beginning with an examination of drawing as part of the creative process, and showing how it reveals the artist's mind at work, the author explains in detail the materials and techniques used in Renaissance drawings. It also considers how drawings were used, how they changed stylistically through the period and how they varied in different regions of Italy. It concludes with a brief look at connoisseurship and collecting.

The main body of the book showcases 112 of the finest drawings by more than 40 Italian Renaissance masters, including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, Raphael and Andrea del Sarto, accompanied by a concise sketch of the life and work of each artist. Arranged chronologically, they reveal stylistic and geographical trends as well as personal interactions between the artists themselves, and provide an extraordinary insight in to the artistic world of Renaissance Italy.

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Globe and Mail
This is an exquisite book of thumbnail biographies and drawings of some of the best-known Renaissance masters, but also many of the lesser known. The drawings are arresting for their beauty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674026773
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Van Cleave is writer and lecturer on Renaissance art and a specialist on the drawings of Luca Signorelli.
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