- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 052025774X
- ISBN-13: 978-0520257740
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art of Renaissance Florence, 1400–1600 0th Edition
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An extraordinarily useful book, not only for teachers, but also for historically minded travelers interested in an illustrated guide to the art of Renaissance Florence.”Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University
Clear and compelling. The well-chosen illustrations include ground plans and diagrams of key architectural monuments and sculpture. The updated, judicious bibliography is a resource for anyone tackling the vast scholarship on the art of Renaissance Florence.”Cristelle Baskins, editor of The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance
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outshines every other book I've read re: Renaissance art. I've been
traveling to Italy for years and am passionate about the period. I learned
an enormous amount not only about the rich artworks themselves, but also
the context in which they were created. How I wish this book had been
written years ago. A very intelligently written and accessible book, that
both scholars and travelers, armchair and otherwise will find enriching.
Abundant color illustrations, diagrams, and also artists' bios. A real
steal at the price!
I found that the book covered almost every major architectural benchmark in Florence giving excellent historic information. The history of sculpture in Florence during this period is of great importance in Western art history and Partridge covers it well with well written sections on Michelangelo, Ghiberti, and Donatello.
Partridge explores the art and architecture in light of the political developments, especially patronage of the Medici family. He also spends considerable amount of text discussing the linkages between classical images such as Hercules with Christina images such as David. The text is easy to read, very clear, precise, with an avoidance of too much jargon.
This was a time of considerable innovation and Florence was the center of many of these innovations for a 200 year period. I found this book to be excellent in relating that process and history.
This book is different. Art,architecture,and sculpture are brought together as a whole. The manner in which Partridge places the art works squarely within the political and culture setting of Florence is innovative. Art does not exist in a vacuum. He brings the subject matter alive and makes it more interesting to the casual reader and the potential tourist.
The book should also appeal to those with some knowledge of era. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the advent of portraits of women and the social implications of Lippi's "Lorenzo Scolari and Angiola Sapiti". The interpretation of this work and also of Lippi's Madonna and Child with 2 Angels was new and quite interesting.