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If you anticipate a dry collection of writings, think again. Lively discussions include the fine art of making a profit on Italian Renaissance themes (a process which often holds little or no connection to history's realities), correlations between Renaissance table linens and Martha Stewart readers, and sexually explicit publications that shocked 1500s Italy and set the stage for today's moral sentiments about erotic art.... It's a rare delight to find a scholarly discussion so accessible and so filled with insights about modern society, bringing the past alive with powerful links to the present.
D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
Refreshingly wild and lively and entertaining, a delightful rebellion against the same old art history.
Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor, Italian Renaissance Art and Literature, University of Virginia