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In this beautifully illustrated study, Masters (Dalí: Colour Library) introduces Renaissance art with an engaging, easy-to-read, well-documented, and thoughtful essay that highlights the new artistic and aesthetic developments that inspired Italian and northern European Renaissance artists. He then examines 250 masterpieces, organized into 11 thematic sections (e.g., "Sacred Themes," "Love," "Princes and Courtiers," and "Birds and Beasts"), by well-known painters and sculptors including Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Dürer, and Bosch. Additional features include a postscript on 19th-century perspectives, a time line, and a gazetteer listing museums and sites with important Renaissance works. Organized like an exhibition catalog, with an introductory essay and entries on individual art masterpieces, rather than a scholarly monograph with continuous text, this book will appeal to diverse audiences not limited to general readers, armchair travelers, museum goers, and students of art. Innovative in approach and organization as well as analytical and scholarly in content and tone, this is recommended for large public libraries and undergraduate academic library collections.
—Cheryl Ann Lajos