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The Renaissance throughout Europe produced some of the West's most spectacular art, yet this most celebrated of periods is also one of the least understood, often regarded simply as a 'rebirth' of ancient Roman culture. While Renaissance paintings and sculptures deal with Classical and Christian themes, they are also replete with contemporaneous references that resonate with viewers today. Each chapter in this lavishly illustrated book includes interpretations of up to 40 works and is devoted to a particular ...
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The Renaissance throughout Europe produced some of the West's most spectacular art, yet this most celebrated of periods is also one of the least understood, often regarded simply as a 'rebirth' of ancient Roman culture. While Renaissance paintings and sculptures deal with Classical and Christian themes, they are also replete with contemporaneous references that resonate with viewers today. Each chapter in this lavishly illustrated book includes interpretations of up to 40 works and is devoted to a particular subject, from war to courtly life, and from landscape to the influence of Byzantine and Islamic civilization. With its beautiful images, engaging text and gazetteer section detailing public art collections worldwide, Renaissance will appeal to the armchair reader, museum visitor, student of art and anyone interested in one of the greatest contributions to world culture.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858944487
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

??Christopher Masters is a writer and lecturer on art based in London. He writes for The Guardian newspaper and is the author of a book on Salvador Dalí, as well as numerous articles and contributions to works of reference.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Ancient World 50

Sacred Themes 76

Love 120

War 134

Home 144

The City 156

Princes and Courtiers 166

The Lure of the East 192

Landscape 204

Birds and Beasts 220

Man, the Measure of All Things 236

Postscript Nineteenth-Century Perspectives 252

Not'es 266

Timeline 268

Further Reading 274

Museums and Other Sites With Important Renaissance Works 277

Picture Credits 282

Index 284

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Renaissance Period portrayed in a detailed, lavishly illustrated, account

    This book is worth many repeated visits. First, the photos and captions take you through many creators and their works. The meaning of the images is described and clarified. From that point on, each new visit will reveal more meaning of a period so given to creativity.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    Renaissance art reflecting historical and social changes

    Masters widens understanding of the Renaissance by weaving together the variety and evolution of artistic styles found in painting, architecture, sculpture, and other arts; the range of subject areas from sacred carrying over from the Middle Ages to secular and scientific reflecting the rising humanism; and the intermixture of cultural influences, not only those of classical antiquity, but Byzantine and Middle Eastern from increased trade and other contacts. Considering echoes of the Renaissance in art by Manet, Ingres, and other 19th-century artists, Masters also broadens understanding of it through following ages.<BR/><BR/> The author accomplishes this broadened perspective on the Renaissance not as might be expected by an academic study or similar art history study, but by a gallery of notable, relevant Renaissance art works on nearly every page that is coffee-table book in size and appearance. One takes in the expanded perspective mostly by visual means rather than scholarly. The difference between this work and a typical, familiar art book displaying the highest achievements of Renaissance art is the organization, not the sum of the content. By its organization, this work goes beyond celebration and appreciation of Renaissance art to a grasp of the relationship between the art and varied areas of Renaissance culture.<BR/><BR/>Religious themes, domestic life, foreign lands linked by advances in transportation, warfare, the growth of cities, the natural world including animals presaging the science of following eras, largely idealized or romanticized images of classical times, changes in fashion, and a new humanism seen in anatomical drawings and realistic portrayals are the cultural areas Masters ranges over. The information and perspective is found mostly in short essay-like annotations for the categorized art works, mostly paintings. The annotation with Bellini's portrait of The Doge Leonardo Loredan (ca. 1500) relates, "The head of the Venetian Republic was the doge, who was elected for life on the death of his predecessor...he could exert influence as chairman of the decision-making bodies, the Senate..."; thus relating a succinct picture of the more democratic forms of government which were superseding monarchy. In Lucas van Leyden's painting The Last Judgment (ca. 1500), the "beautiful nude figures of the resurrected...recede into the far distance..."; thus bringing together the Renaissance celebration of the human form with fundamentals of Christianity. Such learned, succinct passages tied in with adjacent lavishly reproduced art works on glossy paper make the book a special treat for art lovers and art historians.

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