The Art of Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting, 1460-1590

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9780226361079: The Art of Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting, 1460-1590

In the first contemporary single-volume survey of the three arts of Venice—painting, sculpture, and architecture—Norbert Huse and Wolfgang Wolters offer an important counterbalance to the traditional orientation toward painting as the city's preeminent art by focusing on architecture as the essential Venetian art. They begin their study in 1460, when Venice was one of the key powers of Italy, and end with the death of Tintoretto in 1594, a period of waning international power. In the process, they define the distinctly Venetian terms by which the city and its culture should be understood. With over three hundred illustrations and an exhaustive bibliography, this volume makes an impressive contribution to art historical scholarship.

"The historical aspect of this book is splendid, but where it excels is in its fearless and thought-provoking critical judgements. . . . it will lead both beginners and experts to new joys."—David Ekserdjian, Times Literary Supplement

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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While no single volume can encompass the art of Renaissance Venice, Huse and Wolters's in-depth survey does nevertheless provide an informative and frequently insightful introduction to the city's artistic achievement. Particularly useful is Huse's consideration of painting. Instead of a traditional sequential approach to great masters, the paintings are arranged for formal and iconographic analysis within the context of chronological periods and functional categories. Similarly the efforts of the architects are described in terms of distinctive building types. The justifiably shorter chapter on sculpture, however, employs a more traditional, personality-centered approach. Although the numerous illustrations are never more than adequate and the unusual organization detracts from a sense of the artists' development, no serious collection should be without this excellent synthesis.
- Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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