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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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405108416
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Anthologies in Art History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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


Series Editor’s Preface.

Introduction: Michael W. Cole.

Part I: Pagan Mysteries.


1. Raphael’s Tomb: Tilmann Buddensieg.

2. St. Peter’s as Ruins: On some views by Heemskerck: Christof Thoenes.

3. “Virtue Reconciled with Pleasure,” from Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance: Edgar Wind.

4. Love's Sweet Poison: A New Reading of Bronzino's London Allegory: Robert W. Gaston.

Part II: Nature and Artifice.


5. Science and the Poetic Impulse: Martin Kemp.

6. Mannerist Grottos in 16th-century Italy: Philippe Morel.

7. Imitation, Innovation, and Renovation in the Counter-Reformation: Landscapes all’antica in the Vatican Tower of the Winds: Nicola Courtright.

8. Landscape and Still-Life,” from Federico Borromeo and the Ambrosiana: Art Patronage and Reform in Seventeenth-Century Milan: Pamela Jones.

Part III: Figures and Bodies.


9. Preparing to Finish: Portraits by Pontormo and Bronzino around 1530: Elizabeth Cropper.

10. The Mistress in the Masterpiece: Nancy J. Vickers.

11. Michelangelo’s Florentine Pietà: The Missing Leg: Leo Steinberg.

12. Reclining Bodies: Figural Ornament in Renaissance Architecture: Alina Payne.

Part IV: The Artist.


13. The New Professionalism in the Renaissance: Catherine Wilkinson.

14. On Some Engravings by Giorgio Ghisi Commonly Called “Reproductive”: Michael Bury.

15. The Historian and technique: On the role of goldsmithery in Vasari’s Lives:.

Marco Collareta.

Part V: Reformations.


16. Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna: Charles De Tolnay.

17. Gifts for Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna: Alexander Nagel.

18. The Carracci and the Devout Style in Emilia: Charles Dempsey.

19. The Gesù in Light of Contemporary Church Design: James Ackerman.

Part VI: Theory and Practice.


20. Leonardo’s Color and Chiaroscuro: John Shearman.

21. The Subject of Savoldo's Magdalene: Mary Pardo.

22. Figure come fratelli: A Transformation of Symmetry in Italian Renaissance Painting: David Summers.

23. Raphael, Angelo Colocci, and the Genesis of the Architectural Orders: Ingrid D. Rowland.


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