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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 16 January 2012
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.
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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.
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on 9 October 2014
Comprehensive , scholarly and well presented , bang up to date and fully illustrated on fine paper. An art student's reference book for renaissance art or a leisurly amble through hundreds of fantastic paintings by the masters accompanied by copius amounts of information and essays about the painters and the times.
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on 13 November 2013
An exquisite book! Wonderful photographs and interesting information put over in a very comprehensive but readable way. A gorgeous volume for all lovers of this fabulous period in the history of Art!
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on 17 June 2016
An up to date fresh insight into the Renaissance,enjoyable and beautifully illustrated,a useful addition to any scholar or casual first time reader seeking a structured explanation of the period - as evidenced by the art and buildings created.
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on 14 April 2013
a good fresh look at renaissance art and times. I learned a lot from it and I thoroughly recommend it.
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on 3 April 2016
EXCELLENT BOOK WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE, THANKS
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on 11 December 2014
Fine book and useful for my studies.
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on 22 November 2013
That's a very kind nod to Terry Pratchett. Anyway I bought this as a birthday present for my daughter to help with her OU History of Art course and she seems to think it's the bee's knees.
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