- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Collins; 01 edition (6 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007164572
- ISBN-13: 978-0007164578
- Package Dimensions: 31.4 x 30 x 4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Renaissance Hardcover – 6 Oct 2003
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From the Back Cover
This sumptuous book covers all the finest art produced in Europe in the Renaissance, during two centuries of astonishing artistic achievement. Featuring more than 150 artists from Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain, and covering the period between 1401 and 1610, this is a rich chronological survey of the splendor and wealth of Renaissance art.
Over 500 magnificent colour illustrations, including large-scale reproductions of paintings, provide a complete pictorial survey of the stages of the movement -- from its beginnings in Florence and Flanders to the high Renaissance of Venice, and on to the drawing of the Baroque period. The book also features the best in sculpture and architecture, reflecting the extraordinary cultural ferment of the time.
The Renaissance covers all the popular and well-known Italian masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Titian, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. But, in addition, the great Dutch and German masters such as van Eyck, Bruegel, Holbein, Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch and the Spanish painter El Greco are also featured, giving the reader a true sense of the breathtaking artistic scope of the period.
Superbly designed, with spectacular production values, this is the first book to truly do justice to the glories of Renaissance art.
Top Customer Reviews
I was wrong. The twin efforts of Milanese art historian Stephano Zuffi and publisher Harper-Collins has produced a comprehensive, reasonably priced volume on the Renaissance. Every single page sports a beautiful colour print, as well as innumerable double spreads, and the commentary is both succinct and informative.
The scope is also commendable. Not only the Italian masters, but also the Flemish, German and Spanish, get a considerably thorough treatment. Finally, the book concludes with a series of clear timelines for the major artists, their works and historical contexts throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, and concise biographies of important Renaissance figures.
Overall a glorious tour of the Renaissance in a single volume -concise, spirited and always colourful.
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A lavishly illustrated and yet reasonably priced survey of Western European art of the 15th and 16th centuries should be a valuable desideratum for nonspecialized general collections. Unfortunately, from almost every perspective this particular overview by Zuffi (The Art of Venice, etc.) fails in that attempt. Most egregious is the uneven quality of its 600 color reproductions. While the majority is up to contemporary standards, an unacceptable minority is less than mediocre in quality. The value of many is further diminished by running them across the gutter. The slender text, as may be appropriate for an introduction, repeats many of art history's old saws and yet manages to do this with a certain freshness and insight. Irksome, however, are the occasional airy assertions that too tightly link art and historical context and also the frequent lazy repetition of material from individual chapter essays into text accompanying the plates. Puzzling too is that among the appended brief artists' lives are some that correspond to neither the volume's text nor its images. Lax editing and a derisory one-page bibliography further vitiate what might have been a useful publication.-Robert Cahn, Fashion. Inst. of Technology, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Stefano Zuffi does a good job of explaining why each piece is important and influential to Western culture and civilization. The writing is clear and concise and easy to understand.
I am upset with how much I have paid in the past, for lesser quality text books, when I was in art school. This book is exceptional for it's price.