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Product Details

  • Series: Basic Art
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Revised edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822859923
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822859926
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Deimling started working at the Syracuse University in Florence in 1997 and was its director from 2000; in this capacity she was responsible for all matters relating to the Florence Center. She has published books about Italian Renaissance painting. Barbara Deimling lives and works in Florence.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on December 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Three elements distinguish Barbara Deimling's outstanding introductory study of Botticelli, one of the High Kings of Western culture:
1. Her account of the artist's work, with detailed analyses of Botticelli's densely allegorical paintings (not just in his world-renowned mythological scenes 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus', but his more numerous religious works also); the influence on him of literature, from classical poetry to the Bible and theology to Dante (some of the famous sketches for whose 'Divine Comedy' are included here); and the development of his celebrated style, from the sumptouosness of his mid-period, with its graceful, idealised human figures and concern with architectural perspective, to the austere late works, marking a rejection of Renaissance 'realism', and a return to the stylisation and exagerration of the Gothic period, and a new emotional charge, particularly in some harrowing crucifixion and lamentation scenes.
2. The use of Botticelli as a model for the teaching of art history. Deimling is not content to treat Botticelli as a lone genius who transcended his time, and concentrating solely on his pictures' form and content. By placing Botticelli firmly in the historical realities of 15th century Florence (its economic worldliness giving onto religious hysteria and acopalyptic moods near its end), Deimling shows that every one of his paintings bears the imprint, not only of the period's aesthetic innovations, but of the patrons who commissioned him. Aesthetic choices - such as the use of gold-leaf paint - is decided not by inner imperative, but the desire of a patron to show off his wealth and status, or a merchants' guild to advertise their wares.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on August 30, 2012
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Any review of this book would have to start with the fact that this is definitely not an encyclopedic overview of the man and his art. It is a relatively short book (96 pages, about 40% of which consist of illustration) instead that examines Botticelli's contributions via his major works. Those seeking a through in-depth biography of the man and a detailed history of his entire portfolio would do well to avoid this book. The question that next follows is, how well does the book do in covering the basics, especially considering its short length? The answer is quite well. The primary reason for this the author's impressive knowledge of her subject (as a Professor at Syracuse). She is able to provide, as a result, to interject impressive historical perspective into the Botticelli's works (i.e., who commissioned them, their meaning in terms of the times, etc.).

Albeit she only covers Botticelli's major works she provides valuable information on them not only in terms of basics (i.e., who they commissioned by, materials used, etc.) but the actual meaning of them, especially in terms of their usual allegorical meaning and historical context. She also shows how Botticelli's art progressive over time in terms of technique and subject matter.

All and all a very good introduction to the artist for those who desire to get up to speed on the subject in 2 hours or so of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Cheung on October 25, 2013
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This is a thin volume that can be finished within hours. Comments on the quality of the works, the underlying allegorical meanings, the historical background, and the artistic context are all discussed very nicely. Reproductions are abundant and details are adequately highlighted. No prerequisite knowledge required.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Jay Peet on September 26, 2013
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Excellent illustrations -- but best acquired for its streamlined textual overview of the artist's work, which is fairly up to date in terms of changing critical assessments. The commentator's explanations of biblical, mythological, and neoPlatonic/allegorical allusions are succinct and would serve anyone well as either a refresher course or an introduction to Botticelli's subject matter.
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