The Panorama of the Renaissance

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This book presents the entire epoch of the Renaissance through a collection of images, offering all the tools anyone needs to explore this age of reawakening, invention, and achievement.
More than 1,000 illustrations - of paintings, sculpture, architecture, drawings, and engravings - are grouped to present more than a hundred pertinent topics. The topics themselves are divided among eight major themes covering every aspect of intellectual, political, religious, economic, social, technological, artistic, and architectural life in the Renaissance, all extensively cross-referenced.

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The Panorama of the Renaisance is true to its name, offering a diverse and rich collection of artwork from both masters and relatively obscure artists. Editor Margaret Aston, whose earlier books, including England's Iconoclasts and The King's Bedpost: Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait are a history of Europe--especially England--through art, orchestrates an exuberant tribute to the prolific richness of the era.

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This lavishly illustrated survey of Renaissance art provides a clear framework for understanding the diversity of what was achieved as the modern world emerged from the Dark Ages. Stressing reinvention and recovery of classical science and culture, Aston, a fellow of the British Academy, begins, in an overview of magisterial brevity and richness, by noting that "antiquity was reborn not merely to be re-experienced or re-created; it was to be transcended." Aston is an astute scholar of Italian humanistic culture and the mechanics of its transmission throughout Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the integration of pictures and text highlights how a remarkable confluence of historical forces made an era of reawakening almost inevitable. In separate chapters devoted to key aspects of the period?the political background, religion, urban development, daily life, scientific discovery and commerce as well as art for art's sake?a parade of more than 1,000 images combines with spare but efficient captions and summaries. Scores of familiar masterpieces, from manuscripts to paintings to sculptures and buildings, plus lesser works wisely chosen for their ability to illuminate a subject, are masterfully organized into page spreads and linked by a user-friendly system of cross-referencing, encouraging interactive odysseys.
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