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Renaissance Art : A Very Short Introduction - Geraldine A Johnson

Renaissance Art

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 21st April 2005
ISBN: 9780192803542
Number Of Pages: 176

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Artists like Botticelli, Holbein, Leonardo, DA1/4rer, and Michelangelo and works such as the Last Supper fresco and the monumental marble statue of David, are familiar symbols of the Renaissance. But who were these artists, why did they produce such memorable images, and how would their original beholders have viewed these objects? Was the Renaissance only about great masters and masterpieces, or were women artists and patrons also involved? And what about the "minor" pieces that Renaissance men and women would have encountered in homes, churches and civic spaces? This Very Short Introduction answers such questions by considering both famous and lesser-known artists, patrons, and works of art within the cultural and historical context of Renaissance Europe. The volume provides a broad cultural and historical context for some of the Renaissance's most famous artists and works of art. It also explores forgotten aspects of Renaissance art, such as objects made for the home and women as artists and patrons. Considering Renaissance art produced in both Northern and Southern Europe, rather than focusing on just one region, the book introduces readers to a variety of approaches to the study of Renaissance art, from social history to formal analysis.

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Johnson has succeeded in packing a great deal of intelligent discussion into a very limited space. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone, from teenagers onwards, requiring an introduction to current views on Renaissance Art

1: Whose Renaissance? Whose art? 2: The art of the altarpiece 3: Story-telling in Renaissance Art 4: The challenge of nature and the antique 5: Portraiture and the rise of 'Renaissance Man' 6: The story of a square 7: Objects and images for the domestic sphere 8: Did women have a Renaissance? 9: Michelangelo and the birth of the Artist...and of Art History

ISBN: 9780192803542
ISBN-10: 0192803549
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 21st April 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 10.9  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.12

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