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History of Italian Renaissance art : painting, sculpture, architecture
Hartt, Frederick.
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Fifth edition.
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 2003.
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768 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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Frederick Hartt's unrivaled classic is a dazzling journey through four centuries of Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture. Its sumptuous color illustrations, fine writing, and in-depth scholarship bring into focus all the elements of this extraordinarily creative period and the remarkable personalities who gave it life. Highlights of this Fifth Edition include: -- a striking new design with more than half the artworks illustrated in furl color-- new views of frescoes and sculptures photographed in their original locations that offer a dynamic insight into the way the art was originally experienced-- fresh views of great works of art that have been restored since the last edition-- extended captions that identify Renaissance patrons and provide details about historical context, emphasizing how the art was created and whyBuilding on the book's more than 30-year tradition, revising author David G. Wilkins skillfully blends new scholarly discoveries with the enthusiasm that Hartt so successfully conveyed to generations of students and admirers of Italian Renaissance art.

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Hartt's book on Italian Renaissance art, first published in 1969 (CH, May'70), has long been the most convenient summary of the subject. The most recent previous edition appeared in 1993 with David Wilkins as the reviser, but the main emphasis of the book was established by Hartt before his death in 1991. Now Wilkins (known for his work on Donatello and on Isabella d'Este) is listed as coauthor. The work is 70 pages longer despite some pruning of iconographical intricacies, and offers more color, more detailed illustrations, more self-consciousness about the writing of history, and more emphasis on the physical contexts for viewing. Michelangelo's Last Judgment and Leonardo's Last Supper are pictured after cleaning, and women artists are included (Properzia de' Rossi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana). The bibliography has been greatly expanded, current to 2000, books only. There is a new, more comforting, final sentence. The older edition's fault of excessive emphasis on Florentine art has been ameliorated. Although the wisdom of perennial patches to art history textbooks may be doubted, the result in this case is a more beautiful and more comprehensive survey. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates. P. Emison University of New Hampshire

Table of Contents

1 Italy and Italian Art
I The Late Middle Ages
2 Duecento Art in Tuscany and Rome
3 Florentine Art of the Early Trecento
4 Sienese Art of the Early Trecento
5 Later Gothic Art in Tuscany and Northern Italy
II The Quattrocento
6 The Beginnings of Renaissance Architecture
7 Gothic and Renaissance in Tuscan Sculpture
8 Gothic and Renaissance in Florentine Painting
9 The Heritage of Masaccio and the Second Renaissance Style
10 The Second Renaissance Style in Architecture and Sculpture
11 Absolute and Perfect Painting: The Second Renaissance Style
12 Crisis and Crosscurrents
13 Science, Poetry, and Prose
14 The Renaissance in Central Italy
15 Gothic and Renaissance in Venice and Northern Italy
III The Cinquecento
16 The High Renaissance in Florence
17 The High Renaissance in Rome
18 High Renaissance and Mannerism
19 High and Late Renaissance in Venice and on the Mainland
20 Michelangelo and the Maniera