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How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting


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Filled with great masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, and Titian, How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting takes the reader into their world. As in the internationally successful and innovative How to Read a Painting, each spread uses an important painting as a way to explain a key concept, with numerous large details. Here, 180 works illuminate key ideas in Renaissance painting, from "perpective" and "the golden section" to "grace" and "symbolism." In addition, there are brief biographies of the major artists. The result is an original, accessible, and affordable volume that offers an introduction into the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance.

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Zuffi, an art historian and author, presents double-page spreads of important paintings to explain many key concepts in Renaissance art, from perspective to the golden section to fresco to symbolism. Paintings are in various media and organized chronologically, from Gentile da Fabriano's Valle Romita Polyptch (1405-10) to Caravaggio's The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (c. 1595), with reproductions, close-ups of details, captions on content, techniques, or symbolism, and short artist biographies. The book was translated from the Italian Come Leggere l'Arte del Rinascimento by Donald Pistolesi. There is no bibliography. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Stefano Zuffi is an art historian and the author of numerous books on the art of the Italian Renaissance, including Abrams' Art in Venice (1999). He lives in Milan.

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Zuffi, Stefano
Harry N. Abrams
History - Renaissance
Criticism -- Theory.
Art - General
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800 full-color illustrations
6.75 x 9.50 in
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