on 22 November 2002
I endorse entirely the review by John Maxwell, because this book represents great value and not just in the sense of being value for money.The author begins with easily understood explanations of techniques of painting and sculpture and then takes the reader through a magmificent sweep of Italian Renaissance Art.
It's a thrilling journey and the wealth of accessible description is staggering.So easily could the author have got immersed in technical details that would have confounded the non-specialist, but instead he guides us along the way with wonderul clarity and makes the topic accessible and enjoyable.An example of how to write a text book
on 10 April 2000
This is a comprehensive and scholarly work. The Art of the Renaissance is studied in a sound, traditional way and is illustrated with many colour plates. For those about to study this period of Art History it would be a shrewd move to buy this tome. All first year students use it anyway, so be popular with all your friends and save yourself the arm-stretching bother of repeatedly borrowing it from the library.
on 14 December 2002
This is a very well researched and beautifully illustrated book. The author takes us through a chronological history of art, sculpture and architecture from the medevial through to the mannerist period. The style of writing is very free and the writer sets his commentary within the historical context of the times. Several less well know artists are covered in this fourth edition.
Most references to a work of art are accompanied by an illustration although many are in B&W. The color illustrations are excellent and arranged in groups within the chapters.
This publication is getting a little old, despite various updated editions, but it is still a valuable reference work. Had more of its huge array of pictures been in colour, it would be even better, The few colour plates are good, though in my copy they look a bit on the blue side. Putting that aside, its text remains authoritative and thorough, and it manages to be wordy without being a bore to read. It's a little thin on sculpture, and very thin on architecture, as even a brief flick through reveals, but as a reference for painting, it is tremendous.
It's a book in desperate need of a full-colour edition, but being a largely monochrome book has suppressed its value somewhat, making it affordable despite its huge size.