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Florence: Art and Architecture Paperback – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: h. f. ullmann; 1 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0841600678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841600676
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,268,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors, who, as recognized experts or directors of important museums (Accademia, Palazzo Pitti) are genuine connoisseurs of the history of Florentine art, introduce the city's treasures in their historical context, and take the reader on an easy-to-follow tour through the ages to the highlights of architecture, sculpture and painting that the Tuscan capital has to offer. More than 500 high-quality photographs, almost exclusively from the world-famous Alinari photographic studio, transform this book into a book-lover's jewel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By shep on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is worth its price for the superb illustrations. It has high-quality color illustrations of the most important Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture, in Florence. They are a joy to look at and well selected. Of course, everything is not here--there is just too much fine art in this one city, so many masterpieces cannot be included. But it's a fine selection.

The illustrations rate 5 stars. But the text rates only two to three. Various chapters are written by nine different Florentine art-historians. Some are tedious to read--they discuss in excessive detail, and with appallingly long sentences, who did or did not paint/sculpt/build a particular piece; whether or not that piece is or is not one of the greatest; and (most importantly to some of the writers, it seems) whether or not other art-historians are right or wrong in their attributions/criticisms of the piece. In other words, material of interest only to other art historians, with very little on the beauty of the pieces, why they are inspiring, and on how they were made. However, several of the later chapters are well written and interesting.

Annoyingly, the text refers to artworks without saying whether or where they are illustrated in the book. There are no cross-references. I wasted a lot of time going back and forth in the (very good) index to seek illustrations. Some turned out to be in the chapter I was reading, some were in the first introductory chapter, some were in both, and some were not illustrated at all. Zero stars here.

The time period covered is from Medieval to modern, but the bulk of its coverage is on the periods of the antecedents to the Renaissance and the Renaissance itself--exactly the period of most interest.

The book comes in large hardback (12.5 x 10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shep on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is worth its price for the superb illustrations. It has high-quality color illustrations of the most important Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture, in Florence. They are a joy to look at and well selected. Of course, everything is not here--there is just too much fine art in this one city, so many masterpieces cannot be included. But it's a fine selection.

The illustrations rate 5 stars. But the text rates only two to three. Various chapters are written by nine different Florentine art-historians. Some are tedious to read--they discuss in excessive detail, and with appallingly long sentences, who did or did not paint/sculpt/build a particular piece; whether or not that piece is or is not one of the greatest; and (most importantly to some of the writers, it seems) whether or not other art-historians are right or wrong in their attributions/criticisms of the piece. In other words, material of interest only to other art historians, with very little on the beauty of the pieces, why they are inspiring, and on how they were made. However, several of the later chapters are well written and interesting.

Annoyingly, the text refers to artworks without saying whether or where they are illustrated in the book. There are no cross-references. I wasted a lot of time going back and forth in the (very good) index to seek illustrations. Some turned out to be in the chapter I was reading, some were in the first introductory chapter, some were in both, and some were not illustrated at all. Zero stars here.

The time period covered is from Medieval to modern, but the bulk of its coverage is on the periods of the antecedents to the Renaissance and the Renaissance itself--exactly the period of most interest.

The book comes in large hardback (12.5 x 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shep on May 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is worth its price for the superb illustrations. It has high-quality color illustrations of the most important Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture, in Florence. They are a joy to look at and well selected. Of course, everything is not here--there is just too much fine art in this one city, so many masterpieces cannot be included. But it's a fine selection.

The illustrations rate 5 stars. But the text rates only two to three. Various chapters are written by nine different Florentine art-historians. Some are tedious to read--they discuss in excessive detail, and with appallingly long sentences, who did or did not paint/sculpt/build a particular piece; whether or not that piece is or is not one of the greatest; and (most importantly to some of the writers, it seems) whether or not other art-historians are right or wrong in their attributions/criticisms of the piece. In other words, material of interest only to other art historians, with very little on the beauty of the pieces, why they are inspiring, and on how they were made. However, several of the later chapters are well written and interesting.

Annoyingly, the text refers to artworks without saying whether or where they are illustrated in the book. There are no cross-references. I wasted a lot of time going back and forth in the (very good) index to seek illustrations. Some turned out to be in the chapter I was reading, some were in the first introductory chapter, some were in both, and some were not illustrated at all. Zero stars here.

The time period covered is from Medieval to modern, but the bulk of its coverage is on the periods of the antecedents to the Renaissance and the Renaissance itself--exactly the period of most interest.

The book comes in large hardback (12.5 x 10.
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