The Ugly Renaissance

    The Ugly Renaissance

    Sex, Disease and Excess in an Age of Beauty

    Alexander Lee

    Hutchinson 2013

    Hardback 608pp Illustrated

    9780091944346   Product Code: 18315

    Known as an age of artistic rebirth, the Renaissance is cloaked with an aura of beauty and brilliance. But behind the Mona Lisa's smile lurked a seamy world of power politics, cruelty and corruption. Illustrated with full colour reproductions of works by Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli and other Renaissance masters, this ground-breaking survey reveals how these sublime works of art were created by flawed, tormented artists living in a world of corrupt bankers, greedy politicians, sex-crazed priests, extravagance, murder and madness.

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