The Loves of the Artists: Art and Passion in the Renaissance Paperback – 24 Apr 2014
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Persuasive about how Renaissance artists took the medieval concept of courtly romance and allied it to physical desire to give a more rounded expression of love in art... This book is not just about priapic painters, there is love both sacred and profane here and as much pining as painting -- The Sunday Times
Important and fascinating --Literary Review
A rambunctious journey from the 15th century of Donatello to the 17th of Rembrandt --Metro
A book to challenge one s preconceptions Alastair Smart, Daily Telegraph
What was the quest that inspired the Renaissance? In his refreshing and original book, Jones proposes that it was not linear perspective so much as sexual intimacy. Nudes and portraits, often modelled by people close to the artist, led to a new image of humanity' The Spectator
'He paints a detailed portrait of celebration and tragedy. This is a detailed, very human account of a complicated situation' --Daily Mail --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jonathan Jones is the art critic of the Guardian. He appears in the BBC television series Private Life of a Masterpiece and gives talks at the Tate and other galleries. In 2009 he was a judge for the Turner Prize. Jonathan lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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Actual books on art may be harder to get to grips with than Jones' work, but it is more worth the effort. By dissolving the difference between serious and light reading, our culture is justifying mental laziness and robbing readers of the true delights of ambitious art history books.
Life really is too short to waste on ordinary potboilers.
There are much, much better books out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually enjoyed this book. OK it reads bit like an erotic fantasy but who cares, it makes me want to go and see the actual paintings. I found it in the local library. Read morePublished 4 months ago by EasternRose
Never read it nor do I plan to. But I'm sure its full of pretentious waffling like all the other books by the author I've never actually looked into or heard of before now. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Corran
Was it worth glancing at a few pages? In truth, not really. I saw nothing inspiring or creative in what we can suspect was churned out to fulfill a word count and little more. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nightsea
Dear Mr Jones, or can I call you Jonathan? I've not read your two books, and although I would be interested in the subject matter I really have no intention of reading YOUR books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carolanne Ellis
An excellent book for comparing with the Twilight Series and Fifty Shades of Grey. All of which were written with good intentions, poor literary skills and have been unread by... Read morePublished 11 months ago by NightSprite
As I have visited book shops I have no doubt brushed past this book in the passing so much like the author, I feel well placed to write a review of his book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carina
It's a little harsh on the bum until you crinkle the pages a bit. -Stolen not PurchasedPublished 11 months ago by Vote Missy
Beautiful cover art - if I was to judge a book by its cover I would have read it - sadly I have judged the author and his work to be a total waste of my time without taking the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amy Simmonds