- Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History (Book 58)
- Hardcover: 273 pages
- Publisher: Harvey Miller Publishers (September 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190537545X
- ISBN-13: 978-1905375455
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,819,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alison Luchs is indeed a rare scholar of renaissance sculpture, careful yet fearless in her exploratory ways.
You will see a deep appreciation of form and meaning in art which makes art eternal.
If you love art, Venice or Imaginary beings, do not pass by without giving this book deserving attention.
Alison Luchs has obviously fallen in love with all of this. One can sense the affection, wonder, and nostalgia not far beneath the scholarly surface. She is the perfect guide to Venice, whether you have been there or not, and the book has the advantage of showing you manuscripts and photographing out-of-reach places that most people never get to. As for her interpretations, they are gentle and free from postmodern critical concepts. Dr. Luchs has the rare ability to create a scholarly study that an ordinarily educated and curious person can read for pleasure.
It's astonishing that a book on such a recondite topic can get published by an industry supposedly in crisis, and moreover illustrated with many color plates. Unfortunately it comes at a high price, and most enthusiasts will resort, like this reviewer, to a lending library.