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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written (with glorious images of Sienese materpieces!), 11 July 2006
This review is from: Sienese Painting: The Art of a City-Republic (1278-1477) (World of Art) (Paperback)
This is a beautifully written exploration of the work produced in Siena over a two-century period of glory, during which artists like Martini, Sassetta, and Giovanni di Paolo pioneered new narrative techniques. For anyone who has seen or read about these groundbreaking freschi and paintings, which include Lorenzetti's magnificent depictions of Good and Bad Government, this book is a must, since Hyman is able to put such masterpieces into a political and social context. The author writes intelligently throughout, working his research expertly into the text. Happily, he completely avoids the obfuscation and silly post-modern jargon that generally characterize art criticism. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. (And if Hyman's analysis of Sienese life and art doesn't make you want to visit Italy, I can't imagine what could!)
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