These two volumes examine the artistic legacy of three cities that were major centers for the flowering of early Italian Renaissance art and civic culture, and they place the works of art within their social, religious, and cultural contexts. Volume I addresses such issues as the politics and economics of the cities; the major practitioners of painting, sculpture, and architecture; and the relation of art to religious belief. Volume II focuses on major works of art produced in Siena, Florence, or Padua or executed by artists associated with the three cities.
The first of two volumes designed for an undergraduate Open University course on art in the three centers of the Italian Renaissance. The 11 essays cover the common and distinctive features of the cities, the practitioners of art, communal and family patronage, the relationship of art to religion and intellectual trends, and issues of interpreting the evidence. Volume two contains case studies. Highly illustrated in color and black and white. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)