The Ugly Renaissance

The Ugly Renaissance

Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty

Hardback448pp Illustrated232x152mm

9780385536592     Product Code: 506301

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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 colour reproductions of works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and other Renaissance masters, this groundbreaking 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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