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Botticelli [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Frank Zollner
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12 Aug 2009
Botticelli is one of the most beloved figures of the Renaissance period and his seductive Venus and graceful Primavera are among the world's most recognizable works of art. Now available in an attractive and accessibly priced hardcover edition, this catalogue raisonné of Botticelli's paintings offers meticulous scholarship by the distinguished Renaissance art historian Frank Zöllner and more than two hundred full-colour illustrations. Presented in chronological order, the facts of Botticelli's life and career are insightfully discussed against the background of the artistic upheaval that marked the Renaissance period. The artist's reinterpretations of ancient myths as well as his religious paintings are thoughtfully explored in this sumptuously illustrated volume, which will please scholars and delight lovers of fine books everywhere.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (12 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791343580
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791343587
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 38.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...Completely engrossing...this is a volume that will delight for years to come.' --Antiques Magazine, October 15, 2005

'Yes, it is expensive, but what price beauty?' --The Royal Academy Magazine, Winter 2005

About the Author

Frank Zöllner is professor of art history at the University of Leipzig. He is the highly acclaimed author of two books on the life and art of Leonardo da Vinci.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly beautiful book 29 Dec 2005
By A Customer
I received this enormous book for christmas and when i opened it and flicked through it was like looking at the paintings first hand. The illustrations are fantastically clear and it provides detailed images that you probably would not be able to see in the gallery.
It's definitely worth the money if you love the art of 15th-Century Florence and in particular Botticelli!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 26 July 2012
By Mrs. K.
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A monster of a book, really big but that is why it's so good - like the previous reviewer stated, the pictures are of exceptional quality and anything smaller would have detracted from their beauty and print quality. Very informative as well. An excellent buy, especially at the sale price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor 31 Oct 2007
By AH - Published on
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I must disagree with one of the previous reviewers who said that the quality of the photographs were good. For a book of this size and hence, I assume, quality, they are really terribly poor. If you are not sure what I am talking about, just compare it to the gigantic tome on Leonardo Da Vinci from Taschen, which comes at about the same price, is about three times as thick, and has truly incredible reproductions where every crackle in the paint is visible. On the other hand, the Botticellis seems slightly out of focus so that you do not get a feel of the quality of the paint. Look before you buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Exceptional, Beautifully Executed HD Images, Fascinating Text. 6 May 2012
By Xavier F. Hussenet - Published on
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There are many Botticelli books floating around to remind us how far we have progressed in digital photography and the reproduction of art in books. Nothing I have seen comes close to the exceptional and unbelievably generous quality of these reproductions which have given me unexpected insight into the human hand that produced them. The text, while sometime tedious in its effort to draw sweeping generalization about the artist and patron agenda, and attributing intellectual literary sources to explain the iconography and symbolism behind the details, nonetheless brings to life the artist and his atelier in a way I find endlessly fascinating. What this book lacks, from the point of view of an ignorant artist like myself, is technical details behind how these works were logistically produced from raw materials and the naked eye. It would be nice if once in a while the scholarly critics stepped aside and gave voice to master craftsmen or artisan specializing in producing these kinds of paintings, or even the excellent people we do not hear about who painstakingly restore these painting from 600 years of pollution or neglect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 22 Feb 2011
By Yvette R Pina - Published on
If you love Primavera or the Birth of Venus, this book is for you. The writing can be a little academic at times-what you would expect from a monograph-but it's easy to read. You will get a little bit of art criticism/art theory (i.e.detailed explanations of the creative process on several paintings; inspiration vs execution); some socio-political context with (the Medicis, Savanarola); and more than anything, an awesome coffee book with oversize pages- a feast to the eyes. The last 90 pages is comprehensive catalog of paintings & drawings attributed to Botticelli, so art geeks will specially enjoy this section.
PS - Do not miss the different versions of Simonetta Vespucci by Botticelli & his workshop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gret masterpieces of a great artist 22 April 2008
By Danylo Lytovchenko - Published on
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This book is just great, I always loved the works of Boticelli and will always adore this book form now on. Probably it's too big some may say, but the prints look perfect, with the best quality I could ever imagine. The paper needless to say is just fabulous too. For true collectors of painting art this is highly recommended! Enjoy!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly great book 9 May 2007
By Boris Teplitsky - Published on
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The quality of photos of the paintings is very good. The book is a bit oversized so it may not fit most bookshelfs but for art lovers it is a must have.
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