Art historian Laurie Schneider Adams brings to students a vibrant and engaging presentation of Renaissance art history that is supported by up-to-date scholarship and methodology. The text opens with the late Byzantine work of Cimabue and concludes with the transition to Mannerism. The author’s focus is on the most important and innovative artists and their principal works, with a clear emphasis on selectivity and understanding. Italian Renaissance Art also focuses on style and iconography, and on art and artists, incorporating different methodological approaches to create a wider understanding and appreciation of the art.Distinguishing features of this text include: Over 400 illustrations, with 215 in full color, are integrated with the text, and large enough to properly view. In depth coverage on the most important and innovative artists and their principle works throughout Italy. Side boxes that provide additional material on techniques, biographical data, descriptions of artistic media, as well as necessary background information are used in every chapter. “Controversy” boxes introduce some of the ongoing scholarly quarrels among Renaissance art historians. Maps, plans, and diagrams are also included throughout. A historical chronology, a full glossary of art-historical terms, and a select bibliography are also included at the end of the text.
This book is intended to be a thorough but accessible introduction to the Italian Renaissance, one of the greatest periods of western art and culture. The large-format illustrations make it easy to see details of the works, which are nicely reproduced. The text begins with the 13th and 14th centuries and concludes with the High Renaissance and early Mannerism. Sculpture and architecture, as well as painting, are covered and set in their respective cultural contexts.
From the Author
"A clearly written, straightforward account of the story of Italian Renaissance art from its origins to Mannerism....This is a very good book which should furnish us with the new and usable text we have been waiting for. I would certainly use it in my classroom."
--- Bruce Cole, Distinguished Professor of Art History, Indiana University and former Head of the NEH.
"This sensibly selective and well-written introduction to Italian Renaissance art covers the main centers throughout Italy and describes the major artists and their works from different critical and methodological points of view. The large-format illustrations make this text particularly useful."
---- James Beck, Professor of Art History, Columbia University
From the Back Cover