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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 31 December 2009
Designed specifically for an Open University course this book is nevertheless of interest to the general reader.

It covers a wide range of documents not all of which were interesting. I particularly enjoyed those relating to guild rules and management but the book covers many more topics including tapestries, architecture and of course painting and worksop practices.

To have access to translations of original documents provides a fascinating insight into the world of renaissance art.

You can dip in and out at your leasure as the chapters are organised by themes and not related to each other in any esential way.
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on 3 May 2013
This has been a godsend for my studying of renaissance art as well as the use of myth down the ages
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on 3 April 2009
This volume cleverly allows everyone interested in the Renaissance to go beyond textbooks, readers and other kind of monographies to read translated extracts from original Renaissance period documents. Since texts are grouped in thematic ensemble and each text is presented in a brief contextual introduction, this ensemble of primary documents should be of great value to teachers and students at various levels, and possibly in different disciplines.

Possible objectives could be not only the furthering of Renaissance understanding, but also the acquisition of a critical approach towards Renaissance secondary sources, and the analysis of the art historical discourse on the period, under the light provided by these original sources.
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on 1 August 2010
This was a set book for an Open University course I am currently studying so bought for that purpose. I don't think that it is really suitable for the general reader as the primary sources contained are rather specifically geared to the needs of the course. Having said that it does contain some very interesting contemporary insights to the making and viewing of art in the Renaissance in Italy, Northern Europe and Crete.
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on 12 February 2012
Bought for my OU course , its part of the required reading and reference. Even though its required its a superb book in its own right.
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on 15 October 2014
Essential for the academic study of Renaissance Art
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on 23 December 2014
Nothing spectacular just updated
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on 24 April 2015
great book for my studies
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on 19 July 2014
good thorough guide
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on 2 November 2015
Excellent reading
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