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The Renaissance [Hardcover]

Stefano Zuffi
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6 Oct 2003

Featuring over 150 artists from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, this lavishly produced and highly illustrated work of art is the first book to comprehensively cover in one volume the two centuries of European Art between 1401 and 1610 known as the Renaissance.

The Renaissance features all the obvious well-known Italian masters such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. But what makes this book special is that it also covers the great Dutch and German masters, such as Van Eyck, Bosch, Bruegel, Holbein, Durer and the Spanish painter El Greco.

It is a rich chronological survey of the splendour and wealth of Renaissance art from the end of the Gothic period to the beginning of the Baroque period (1401-1610). In addition to all the superb paintings this book also features the best in sculpture and architecture during this period.

Superbly designed and illustrated with more than 500 colour illustrations, many of them large-scale reproductions, The Renaissance is a truly sumptuous book that will appeal to everyone interested in this popular period of painting.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007164572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007164578
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 30 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This sumptuous book covers all the finest art produced in Europe in the Renaissance, during two centuries of astonishing artistic achievement. Featuring more than 150 artists from Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain, and covering the period between 1401 and 1610, this is a rich chronological survey of the splendor and wealth of Renaissance art.

Over 500 magnificent colour illustrations, including large-scale reproductions of paintings, provide a complete pictorial survey of the stages of the movement -- from its beginnings in Florence and Flanders to the high Renaissance of Venice, and on to the drawing of the Baroque period. The book also features the best in sculpture and architecture, reflecting the extraordinary cultural ferment of the time.

The Renaissance covers all the popular and well-known Italian masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Titian, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. But, in addition, the great Dutch and German masters such as van Eyck, Bruegel, Holbein, Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch and the Spanish painter El Greco are also featured, giving the reader a true sense of the breathtaking artistic scope of the period.

Superbly designed, with spectacular production values, this is the first book to truly do justice to the glories of Renaissance art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Renaissance at its Most Voluptuous! 21 Nov 2003
By Ms. V. Hoyle VINE VOICE
The Renaissance is, in my humble opinion, the juiciest and stunning period in art history and I didn't quite believe any reasonably priced book could do complete justice to its magnificance. Usually the logistics of art printing, and a relatively small audience, lead to outrageously priced hardback giants outside my modest budget.
I was wrong. The twin efforts of Milanese art historian Stephano Zuffi and publisher Harper-Collins has produced a comprehensive, reasonably priced volume on the Renaissance. Every single page sports a beautiful colour print, as well as innumerable double spreads, and the commentary is both succinct and informative.
The scope is also commendable. Not only the Italian masters, but also the Flemish, German and Spanish, get a considerably thorough treatment. Finally, the book concludes with a series of clear timelines for the major artists, their works and historical contexts throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, and concise biographies of important Renaissance figures.
Overall a glorious tour of the Renaissance in a single volume -concise, spirited and always colourful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy 17 Dec 2003
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A gorgeous book. Not very much text, so very readable although a basic introduction and commentary is included. Great discount!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Robert Cahn says ... 25 Aug 2005
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[Not my review, but an insightful review from the publisher's own website:] Library Journal

A lavishly illustrated and yet reasonably priced survey of Western European art of the 15th and 16th centuries should be a valuable desideratum for nonspecialized general collections. Unfortunately, from almost every perspective this particular overview by Zuffi (The Art of Venice, etc.) fails in that attempt. Most egregious is the uneven quality of its 600 color reproductions. While the majority is up to contemporary standards, an unacceptable minority is less than mediocre in quality. The value of many is further diminished by running them across the gutter. The slender text, as may be appropriate for an introduction, repeats many of art history's old saws and yet manages to do this with a certain freshness and insight. Irksome, however, are the occasional airy assertions that too tightly link art and historical context and also the frequent lazy repetition of material from individual chapter essays into text accompanying the plates. Puzzling too is that among the appended brief artists' lives are some that correspond to neither the volume's text nor its images. Lax editing and a derisory one-page bibliography further vitiate what might have been a useful publication.-Robert Cahn, Fashion. Inst. of Technology, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great survey of Renaissamce art 1 Mar 2004
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This book has some of the best reproductions and photographs of art that I have seen. It's nice that all the images are in color. Thanks to the large format of the book, most of the images are of a large size.
Stefano Zuffi does a good job of explaining why each piece is important and influential to Western culture and civilization. The writing is clear and concise and easy to understand.
I am upset with how much I have paid in the past, for lesser quality text books, when I was in art school. This book is exceptional for it's price.
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