Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning / Edition 1

Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning / Edition 1

by Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier
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Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning / Edition 1

With detailed interpretations of works by pivotal figures in the Italian Renaissance, this enlightening volume offers a new interpretation of this period, during which some artists emerged as thoughtful intellectuals devoted to experimentation (the avant-garde) while others repeat older themes again and again (the conservatives). Guided by one of the world’s leading art history scholars, readers embark on a journey of discovery that will transform their understanding of this important period in the history of civilization. Eschewing jargon and lengthy footnotes, the author frames the aesthetics of the Renaissance as a struggle between irrational, intuitive perception and rational, proto-scientific tendencies, showing how these diverging imperatives form a leitmotif that profoundly deepens our understanding of the Renaissance and why Italy was preeminent in this period.

This richly illustrated work teaches its readers a visual method for ‘reading’ and making sense of works of art in order to understand their development and fully appreciate their visual significance. The events that occurred in the world of Italian art in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries reveal the breathtaking modernity of Renaissance art and debunk the old-fashioned idea that Renaissance art is ‘old fashioned’. It will even transform our understanding of today’s art world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118306079
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Frontispiece: Map Showing Places Mentioned


Introduction: The Italian Renaissance - An Idea Rather than a Period

Chapter 1: What a Difference a Hundred Years Makes

Chapter 2: How it All Started – Florence and Umbria

Chapter 3: What Happened Next in Florence

Chapter 4: Looking for the Renaissance in Siena and Southward to Sicily

Chapter 5: Searching the Renaissance from Northern Italy Back to Umbria

Chapter 6: The Triumph of the Intellectual Avant-Garde – The High Renaissance

Chapter 7: Some Other Artists of the High Renaissance

Chapter 8: The Swan Song of Renaissance Art

Chapter 9: The Break and the New Avant-Garde – Early Mannerism

Chapter 10: What Was the Italian Renaissance? Conclusions

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