Sex, Disease and Excess in an Age of Beauty
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.