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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849833923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849833929
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.6 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
I haven't read it but I flicked through it at the bookshop once. It looked really boring and the writing style is pretentious. Life's too short, find something else too read
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Haven't read it although I looked at the cover once. Seems a total ripoff. Life's to short, you should buy something else.
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By Road Apple VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2015
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All conjecture, no facts and it would seem little research. That would be ok in a morbidly interesting way, if it wasn't for the poor quality of the writing. Grammatical mistakes, misspellings, it's all here. Really disappointing, I expected more. It reads like work of a frustrated hack. Life's too short, give this miss.
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No offence, but Jones is so low on my list of books to read before I die that I would have to live a million years before getting round to him. I did flick through a book by him in a shop, to see what the fuss is about, but the writing seemed very ordinary.

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.
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To be honest, I haven't read this book. So, obviously, I should review it and its author. Both get the thumbs down. You know what they say: life is short ;)
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I haven't read it but I flicked through it at the bookshop once. It looked really boring and the writing style is pretentious. Life's too short, find something else too read
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This book is a pretentiously written ego-trip for the author. The author desperately tries to compensate for the pathetically salacious treatment of his subject matter by using grandiose language, but sadly this does not compensate for the lack of intelligent insight or original thought. There are too many insufferably pompous opinions that the author usually fails to substantiate with actual facts or corroborating references. If the author aspires to great literature, social commentary or psychological insight, he has failed. There are too many historical inaccuracies and sweeping statements that do not do justice to the religious and socio-economic complexities that constrained the lives of the artists themselves. This book is disappointingly mediocre, at best.

There are much, much better books out there.
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If I could give it zero, I would. I haven't actually sat down and read this but since I am following the critical method of its author then I feel I am on safe ground by saying it's a terrible potboiler of an art history book, it's awful, just awful with absolutely no merit whatsoever. Life's too short, don't waste your time or hard earned cash.
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