Renaissance

Renaissance

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by George Holmes
     
 

In this extraordinary rich book George Holmes charts the spread of this new intellectual and artistic culture across the entire European continent, laying particular emphasis on the importance of the city as an agent of cultural innovation. The humanist revolution had its beginnings in Florence, a proudly independent republic and home to the great patron of the

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In this extraordinary rich book George Holmes charts the spread of this new intellectual and artistic culture across the entire European continent, laying particular emphasis on the importance of the city as an agent of cultural innovation. The humanist revolution had its beginnings in Florence, a proudly independent republic and home to the great patron of the Renaissance Cosimo de Medici. It was also this city that produced the technically astonishing architecture of Brunelleschi and the innovative frescoe of Massacio. In the Netherlands Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp produced another revolution in painting led by Van Eyck, Hugo Van der Goes and, later Bruegel. Venice, the wealthiest city in the fifteenth century, and a great commercial centre, balanced Florence in cultural achievement. Contributions were also made by the North Italian towns, Mantua, Urbino and Ferrara where some outstanding artists and writers, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Bellini, Ariosto and Castiflione worked. By the early sixteenth century Renaissance ideas ideas and attitudes penetrated into northern Europe, appearing in the work of Durer, Erasmus and Rabelais. The final stage of the Renaissance's absorption into general European culture appears in the age of Cervantes, Shakespeare and Rembrandt.

Drawing on extensive research on various aspects of the Renaissance, George Holmes surveys the work of these artists and writers in their social and political contexts. Written in a highly readable and accessible style and lavishly illustrated, this book tells the remarkable story of the Renaissance, which during a period of two hundred years transformed European civilization.

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This gorgeously illustrated work elaborates on Fernand Braudel's thesis in Civilization & Capitalism (above) that the great commercial cities were at the center of the development of modern European life. Holmes argues that it was cities such as Florence and Antwerp that provided the environment necessary for the expression of the new attitudes to humanity by painters, sculptors, and writers, new attitudes "which then entered into the general European consciousness." (LJ 4/15/97) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780312153182
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.36(h) x 1.07(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such a wonderful book! It is very informative, tells about the Renaissance comprehensively, and has wonderful artwork from the Renaissance. The book was put together and written excellently. I greatly recommend this book