Renaissance (Abbeville Stylebooks)

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The Renaissance was hailed as a new style, yet its namemeaning "rebirth" - shows a historical bent. In the classical past, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century designers such as Michelangelo, Palladio, and Brunelleschi found models of ideal form.
But as Tracy E. Cooper explains in this compact guide, the Renaissance was also a modern age of exploration and invention. People began to build again, released from the Dark Ages, and used science and nature to achieve a cultural rebirth. No Renaissance man exemplified the spirit of this era more than Leonardo da Vinci - scientist, innovator, and artist of world-renowned works such as the Mona Lisa.
From the miraculous domed cathedral of Florence to urban palaces and rural villas, Renaissance captures the new world view that spread from Italy throughout Europe - to English country houses, French chateaux, and German town halls. It chronicles the achievements of the period along with its architectural styles, furnishings, fashions, art, designers, and notable buildings. The book recreates the full spectrum of Renaissance life - its churches and courtyards, its Palladian villas and piazzas, its ideal cities and real gardens, all in an inviting format that recalls the world of Leonardo and Michelangelo.

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Tracy E. Cooper teaches Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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YA--This hand-sized guide begins with an overview of the Age of Exploration, then concentrates on Renaissance architecture and design. The insides and outsides of buildings and furnishings of palaces and apartments, villas and farmhouses, public buildings, churches, gardens, theaters, piazzas, and the ideal city are all given attention. The double-page format includes many well-annotated photographs and reproductions. The book has sufficient information for brief reports or can be used as a good beginning for a more comprehensive investigation.

Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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