Making Renaissance Art
Beginning around the year 1400, this first volume in the series Renaissance Art Reconsidered is concerned with the theory and practice of making art during the Renaissance in Italy and other parts of Europe. In seven well-illustrated chapters, the contributors examine drawing and workshop practices, perspective in painting, sculpture, the making of altarpieces, prints, architecture, and Renaissance writings on art. Published in association with the Open University.
Leonardo da Vinci Drawings
Masterpieces of Art
A painter, inventor, architect, military engineer and musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was also a prolific draughtsman and, as Susan Grange argues, ‘it is through his drawings that we can find the most direct access to his genius’. Her illustrated essay introducing the scope and depth of Leonardo’s drawings accompanies 85 full-page reproductions of his studies for paintings, inventions, maps, anatomical drawings and observations of the natural world. From the Masterpieces of Art series.
Annibale Carracci's Venus, Adonis & Cupid
This book accompanied an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado which aimed to present the newly cleaned and restored masterpiece by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) and to set the painting in its artistic context. Two further, richly illustrated essays describe the conservation of the work and analyse the way in which Carracci’s painting – his ‘image of beauty’ – is constructed.
Painting Under Pressure
Fame, Reputation and Demand in Renaissance Florence
Analysing the lives and work of four artists in 15th-century Italy – Alessandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pietro Perugino and Filippino Lippi – Michelle O’Malley explores the impact of economics on Renaissance art. She looks at how the growing demand for art exerted pressure on these sought-after painters who all produced high volumes of work; how they maintained quality; and how judgements made under economic pressures can be traced in specific paintings.
1483–1520 Masters of Italian Art
After training in his father’s studio and with Perugino in Urbino, Raphaello Santi (1483–1520), known as Raphael, became spectacularly successful, with commissions from Popes and great European art patrons, and his appointment as chief architect of St Peter’s in Rome. Reproducing over 140 studies, portraits, paintings and frescos, this detailed study traces Raphael’s career, examining some of the most celebrated works of the Italian Renaissance.
1571–1610 Masters of Italian Art
Eberhard König begins this study of the life and art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) by examining the paintings, particularly the Borghese David and Goliath, that may or may not include self-portraits. The book goes on to trace the career of an artist ‘who flouts all the conventions of his age’ and presents 116 reproductions and details of his paintings.
1523/30–1569 Masters of Netherlandish Art
From early drawings, such as Big Fish Eats Little Fish, to the last works, including the portrait of The Old Peasant Woman, Vöhringer presents a detailed study of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525/30–1569), examining the visual language of the paintings, whose other-worldly subjects are presented within the landscape of the Flemish peasant. Illustrated with 141 reproductions.
Medieval & Renaissance Interiors
In Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are an invaluable resource for understanding medieval and early modern life in castles, palaces and ordinary households, both urban and rural. Reproducing 140 little-known illuminations, mostly from the British Library’s collections, this book shows how these miniatures reflect medieval domestic interiors and how they provide information on topics ranging from the security of dwelling places to creature comforts such as heating and lighting, hygiene, beds and bedrooms, and the display of wealth and treasured possessions.
Renaissance Woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and The Albertina, Vienna
In the 16th century, German artists discovered that by printing from one or more colour blocks in addition to the line block, they could create a dramatic interplay of light and shade – chiaroscuro. This magnificent volume brings together 130 woodcuts from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, some by major artists such as Cranach, Beccafumi and Goltzius. Published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, it explains the development of the technique, and demonstrates the stunning effects it made possible.
Make a Joyful Noise
Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
Luca della Robbia’s fine Cantoria – an organ loft and singers’ gallery – was installed in Florence Cathedral in 1438, opposite a similar structure by Donatello. The essays in this beautifully illustrated volume present analysis of details from the Cantoria’s carved reliefs depicting musicians, as well as research into the organs and choirbooks that were once used in the gallery. A postscript describes how this Renaissance masterpiece has been displayed in its new context at the Museo dell’Opera.
The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
The Mantuan court sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c.1455–1528), exemplifies the Renaissance passion for the revival of antiquity. He studied, restored and re-created antique art with unparalleled skill, but also developed new technology and, with his gilded and silvered statuettes, pioneered the genre of bronzes made in multiples. Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, this volume presents the first English-language monograph on Antico, and over 150 colour photographs of his sculptures.
Professor Humfrey, a leading scholar of the Renaissance, provides a magnificent introduction to the life and work of Titian (c.1488/90–1576), the great Venetian painter whose expressive brushwork and revolutionary use of colour was renowned during his lifetime and has inspired artists down to the present day. Humfrey’s concise account follows Titian’s artistic inspirations and development and is accompanied by over 170 reproductions chosen to give a balanced view of the range of his work and its themes. No jacket.
The Art of Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
Half a millennium after their creation, the paintings of Pieter Bruegel continue to fascinate with their juxtaposition of grand visions and telling details of everyday life. This highly original book blends art history and memoir to locate the paintings both in their original social context, and in the modern cities - London, Paris, New York, Antwerp - where they now hang, and to shed light on the enduring appeal of the Flemish master's vivid depictions of human striving and human folly.
Sacred and Profane Love
Titian's enigmatic masterpiece Sacred and Profane Love (1514) shows two young women, one in a sumptuous white gown, the other naked, standing on either side of a pool in which Cupid stirs the water. Zuffi's study reveals the painting, with its wealth of symbolism, as the wedding gift of a Venetian official to his bride.
The Wedding at Cana
The wedding at Cana in Galilee was the occasion of Jesus' first miracle, turning the water into wine. In Veronese's vision, the village wedding is transformed into a sumptuous feast, held amid magnificent buildings. Not least among the strange details explored by Carminati are the identities of the guests and musicians.
Art and Architecture in Europe During the 15th and 16th Centuries
The extraordinary artistic revolution known as the Renaissance began in 15th-century Italy, from where it spread throughout the whole of Europe. Concise yet compendious, this one-volume overview recounts its compelling story against the dramatic politics of the time. Lavishly illustrated with colour reproductions, it presents the key paintings, sculptures and buildings, and the ideas behind them. It also profiles their creators such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli, and their patrons, including the powerful and sinister Medici family.
In this volume, Philippe and Françoise Roberts-Jones discuss the little we know about the life of Pieter Bruegel (c.1525/30–69) and probe beneath the surface of his work to explore the complex symbolism which gives subtlety and a uniquely disturbing power to Bruegel's tragic and ambiguous vision of the world. The book concludes with a timeline, lists of works and a bibliography. (Previously in Postscript as Pieter Bruegel).
The Path to the Sistine
We are accustomed to view Michelangelo as the old master of the Sistine Chapel ceiling without considering the long evolution of his genius. Drawing on his ample correspondence and banking records, this ground-breaking new biography explores the first 33 formative years of his life. Both erudite and entertaining, it charts the development of a charismatic and tenacious young artist utterly convinced of his own exceptional talent, against the turbulent, dangerous backdrop of Renaissance Florence and Rome.
Kings, Queens, and Courtiers
Art in Early Renaissance France
French art in the early Renaissance period, around 1500, created a wonderful fusion of the Italian Renaissance and northern European Gothic styles. Accompanying an Art Institute of Chicago exhibition, this volume discusses in detail 116 examples of the exquisite paintings, sculptures, textiles, stained glass, metalwork and manuscripts of the period, and covers topics including royal patronage and prestige, court artists such as Jean Fouquet, Jean Bourdichon and Jean Hey, and the artistic landscape of early modern Europe.
Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass
in the Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A's collection of medieval and Renaissance stained and painted glass is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. This selection of the Museum's panels spans the period 1140 to 1540 and shows the technical and artistic advances between the Romanesque and Renaissance eras, while also illuminating the beliefs and images, sacred and secular, of the medieval world. The collection is represented here by 110 plates, including full page details of important pieces, with following commentaries.