Sixteenth-Century Italian Art / Edition 1

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Sixteenth-Century Italian Art is a first-rate collection of the major classic and contemporary writings on the Italian Renaissance. Taking a thematic approach, the book exemplifies the traditional concerns of the field and presents arguments in a clear, accessible way.

  • A stellar collection of 23 classic and recent essays on the art and architecture of this fascinating period in art history
  • Brings together in a single volume, important literature on sixteenth-century Italian art from the last half century, highlighting major topics of recent art historical studies
  • Introduces major topics and debates in the field, including pagan mysteries, nature and artifice, the art of the body, and “reformations” of art, theory and practice
  • Includes new translations of texts never previously published in English
  • Organized thematically, and features substantial editorial introductions, making this anthology ideal for course use.
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“This valuable book offers an excellent balance of articles on the major themes and methods found in the Italian Renaissance. Highly recommended” – CHOICE, March 2007
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Michael W. Cole is Associate Professor of Southern European Renaissance and Baroque Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture (2002).

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Table of Contents

1 Raphael's tomb 10
2 St. Peter's as ruins : on some vedute by Heemskerck 25
3 Virtue reconciled with pleasure 40
4 Love's sweet poison : a new reading of Bronzino's London allegory 56
5 Science and the poetic impulse 94
6 Mannerist grottos in sixteenth-century Italy 115
7 Imitation, innovation, and renovation in the counter-reformation : landscapes all'antica in the Vatican Tower of the Winds 135
8 Landscapes and still lifes 153
9 Preparing to finish : portraits by Pontormo and Bronzino around 1530 172
10 The mistress in the masterpiece 183
11 Michelangelo's Florentine Pieta : the missing leg 196
12 Reclining bodies : figural ornament in Renaissance architecture 218
13 The new professionalism in the Renaissance 246
14 On some engravings by Giorgio Ghisi commonly called "reproductive" 275
15 The historian and the technique : on the role of goldsmithery in Vasari's Lives 291
16 Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna 306
17 Gifts for Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna 324
18 The Gesu in the light of contemporary church design 368
19 The Carracci and the devout style in Emilia 388
20 Leonardo's color and Chiaroscuro 408
21 The subject of Savoldo's Magdalene 441
22 Figure come fratelli : a transformation of symmetry in Renaissance painting 485
23 Raphael, Angelo Colocci, and the genesis of the architectural orders 511
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