I purchased this book because I was lucky enough to go on a Courtauld art course in Bruges on Northern Renaissance Art run by the author , which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a beautifully illustrated, detailed, in-depth study by an expert in her field. The rather small format unfortunately means some of the images of art works are on the small side BUT there are plenty of pictures of details from these works which make up for this. This isn't just another book on Renaissance art. It's worth buying for the huge range of sources the author has used. It is accessible not only to the academic but to any general reader interested in art. What more can you ask for at this price?
Northern Renaissance is hardly an over examined period and this book is a welcome addition. Well researched, and clearly written interesting information. Unfortunately the book is let down by poor reproductions, the references made to detailed aspects of the paintings are often not clearly printed and let down the lucid text. pity!
Bought for a course I am currently studying but have found it a fascinating book which manages to mix scholarship and general interest seamlessly. Good for student and general reader alike. The chapter on prints and printmaking is a thoroughly good introduction to the subject. Just one small quibble (common to all the Oxford History of Art books in this series)although information on the size and whereabouts of the works illustrated is given in the end notes it would be more useful to have this information attached to the captions rather than having to dodge back and forth while reading a chapter. Small picky point but has been the only drawback in what is a very useful and interesting book.
It's clear from other reviews that this is a thoroughly well-researched and comprehensive study of a fascinating area, overturning the conventional view of an Italian led Renaissance - but it is also exceptionally well written and extremely readable, in contrast to far too many books in this field.
Not just aimed at the specialist art historian, this is a book to be thoroughly enjoyed by a wider audience.
This book first published in 2008 should still be a work of reference for some years to come.
It is a rather thick volume, but the text reads really well and many pages are taken by endnotes which are at hand for the reader who wants to know more.
Plus, there are many illustrations closely connected to the fabric of the text.
The gist of the book is not a chronological survey where B follows A. Instead, Nash prefers to discuss a diversity of material - painting, sculpture, jewellery, miniatures - in the context of broader themes such as viewing, commercial centres or scientific analysis of the works.
The various chapters are packed with a wide range of information.
The Bibliographic essay at the end is a gem for every reader who wants or needs to go into further detail about specific themes and topics and needs some pointers in the numerous books on the period.
This is one of the required study books for the Open University, level 3 Renaissance art module, which I wanted for study purposes. It deals with the Northern Renaissance so is interesting as a diversion from the Florentine Renaissance which most students would be familiar with. It is easy to read, though the photographs would obviously be an improvement in book form, but the portability of the kindle makes a welcome change from carrying heavy books about. Susie Nash conveys her knowledge to the student in such a way that stimulates further study of the period. I found the detail of art construction, how a work of art was created, the materials used, & how through xray technology today it is possible to discover the source of the artist's design, was all new to me.