Synopses & Reviews
In the period under study here, Rome lived up to its epithet 'The Eternal City'. This is a comprehensive history of the art of Rome in the Renaissance studies; the architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts together in their social, religious, and historical context. Organized around the patronage of the popes, it tells the story of three centuries, in which the eternal city rose from the ashes of its decline in the fourteenth century, when the papal court was transferred to France and then endured the Great Schism of absent and ascending popes. Miraculously, by the first decade of the sixteenth century, under the visionary guidance of Pope Julius II, the artists he commissioned - Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo - and the humanists of the papal court with whom he surrounded himself, Rome had established itself as the Christian reembodiment of the Roman Empire.
"A solid, well-illustrated handbook in the modern, contextual mode, placing the arts in a temporal environment. The essays are clear, logically organized, and generally accessible [.] If forthcoming series volumes are produced to the same standard, together they will form a substantial and current scholarly survey of the Renaissance in Italy." Library Journal
This is the only comprehensive history of Roman art in the Renaissance in print. The approach is to trace the patronage of the popes. All the arts: architecture, painting, sculpture and the decorative arts, are studied together and in the social, religious, political, and economic context. It presents an unprecedented visual survey of the three hundred year period, with many monuments photographed, some for the first time. At the core are the great works of the masters of the High Renaissance, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bramante.
Places the arts of the High Renaissance in their social, religious, p
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction: 1. Cultural introduction to Renaissance Rome Ingrid D. Rowland; 2. Introduction to the art history of Renaissance Rome Marcia B. Hall; Part II: 1. The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries Meredith J. Gill; 2. 1503-1534 Marcia B. Hall; 3. Phoenix Romanus: Rome 1534-65 Clare Robertson; 4. The Counter Reformation and the end of the century Steven F. Ostrow.