Reinforce your bookshelves, strengthen your thighs and brace yourself for a huge book on Italian Renaissance Art. This is a big subject and it is dealt with thoroughly in this hefty tome. The book is approached chronologically and takes us through the different phases of the period. It is amply and well illustrated with numerous examples of painting, architecture and sculpture. Yet I wished there were more full page illustrations. The book discusses contemporary artists side by side. It looks at production and the site of the paintings, the patrons and reactions to paintings when they were first seen. Lovers of the great centres of Italian art - Rome, Venice and Florence will delight in this book. If you love Michelangelo, Raphael and more, you'll love this book. This new approach is accessible to all. You'll see the dazzling tradition from a new perspective - fresh, intelligent, this book pulls out all the stops. It is excellent value. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
on 17 May 2015
An excellent overview of the Italian Renaissance. Not exhaustive, perhaps, but certainly an excellent crash course in the basics, and splendidly illustrated throughout. I first read this having taken it out from the library, and bought it as soon as I could.