Italian Renaissance Art

Adams, Laurie

(Book - 2001)
Italian Renaissance Art
Baker & Taylor
Presents a survey of Italian Renaissance art, focusing on the principal works of the most important and innovative artists, along with information on women artists, Mannerism, and the late Renaissance period.

Perseus Publishing
The Italian Renaissance is one of the great periods of genius in western history. In this new book, art historian Laurie Schneider Adams brings to readers a vibrant and engaging presentation of Renaissance art history that is supported by up-to-date scholarship and methodology. The book opens with the late Byzantine work of Cimabue and concludes with the transition to Mannerism. The author’s focus is on the most important and innovative artists and their principal works, with a clear emphasis on selectivity and understanding. Italian Renaissance Art also focuses on style and iconography, and on art and artists, incorporating different methodological approaches to create a wider understanding and appreciation of the art. More than 400 illustrations, 215 of which are in color, are integrated throughout the book and large enough to be properly viewed. There are also maps, plans and diagrams when appropriate. Visually stunning and beautifully packaged, Italian Renaissance Art also includes side boxes with descriptions of artistic media and techniques as well as discussions of historical background information.

The most up-to-date and complete text on Italian Renaissance art and its artists yet published, with over 400 illustrations, 215 in color.

Book News
Adams (art history, John Jay College, City U. of New York) has produced an undergraduate textbook which contains a manageable history of the Italian Renaissance; it's about half the size of the well known text by Frederick Hartt. Adams begins with the early precursors Cimabue and Nicola Pisano before turning to Duccio and Giotto, who are covered in depth. The book concludes with the beginning of Mannerism, which is not covered. Numerous inset boxes provide short political histories, biographies of important thinkers and writers, and describe painting techniques. The frequent, good quality illustrations are mostly in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2001
ISBN: 0813336902
Branch Call Number: 709.4509 A
Characteristics: xi, 420 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.


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