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The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550

The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550

by Jonathan J. G. Alexander (Editor), Lilian Armstrong (Contribution by), Giordana Canova Mariani (Contribution by)

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Library Journal
The demise of the illuminated book brought about by the printing press and the introduction of perspective was fortunately slow in coming. This cogently introduced, scrupulously documented, and exquisitely illustrated exhibition catalog amply demonstrates that manuscript painting, although often ill regarded, was a flourishing and vital branch of Italian Renaissance art. Fortuitously presaged and complemented by Laurence B. Kanter's Painting and Illumination in Early Renaissance Florence, 1300-1450 (LJ 3/15/95), this volume proves the case for the continuity and efflorescence of the illuminated page into the late Renaissance. Eschewing strict chronological order, the catalog proper is intelligently structured along thematic lines. Among the categories pursued are religious and humanistic texts, patrons and illuminators and that terminal oddity-the hand-illuminated printed book. In addition to the works themselves, which are expansively described and superbly illustrated, three excellent essays and a glossary provide a social, stylistic, and technical context for these superb objects. For informed readers.-Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York

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