Stock Image

The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice


2 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0300053584 / ISBN 13: 9780300053586
Published by Yale, NHaven, 1993
New Condition: New Hardcover
From Penobscot Books (Searsport, ME, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since January 26, 2005 Seller Rating 2-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy New
List Price: US$ 95.00
Price: US$ 125.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 9.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

NEW BOOK and DJ, both MINT/ PRISTINE and with new Mylar protection. // This is an exceptional offering, and . . . NO FINER COPY EXISTS. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 004496

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice

Publisher: Yale, NHaven

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Cloth Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

About this title


The painting and carving of altarpieces was one of the most important and characteristic tasks of Italian Renaissance artists. This book focuses on Venice from 1450 to 1530. Peter Humfrey, an authority on Venetian painting, explores a wide range of issues surrounding altarpieces as an art form. These include the traditions of decoration of Venetian churches, the sacred and secular functions that altarpieces were expected to perform, the market for altarpieces, and the professional world of the Venetian artist. He discusses altarpieces by Bellini, Cima, the three Vivarini, and the young Titian, as well as by numerous other painters and sculptors of the period. A central theme of the book is the relation between the altarpieces and their original physical and liturgical context. Throughout, Humfrey tries to reintegrate altarpieces with their intended settings, both for the sake of recapturing their full visual effect and as a basis for examining the ideological relationship between their subject matter and the altar table below. He also examines the complex mixture of motives, worldly as well as pious, that prompted 15th-century Venetians to spend large sums of money on commissioning altarpieces for the churches of their city. The first part of the book is thematic, dealing with the making, placement, and function of the altarpiece. The second part is a chronological discussion of specific works, focusing on the ways in which the artists met challenges posed by specific commissions. An appendix to the book gives further factual and bibliographical information about 100 major Venetian altarpieces of the period.

From Library Journal:

Belatedly introduced to Venice, the Renaissance style engendered an extraordinary efflorescence of art there. Humfrey's ( The Altarpiece in the Renaissance , Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1991) lavishly illustrated, richly textured investigation is the first comprehensive consideration of the painted and carved altarpieces produced in the city between 1450 and 1530. The genre's development is incisively analyzed in terms of the religious and social requirements that impinged upon it. Other critical factors that influenced the works, such as patronage, physical settings, and the professional concerns of the artists, are also carefully elaborated. This multifaceted contextual embrace is complemented by thorough historical, formal, and iconographic discussions of individual objects. Not only will this superb synthesis provide a firm foundation for future study, it should also serve as a methodological exemplar for the discipline.
- Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Penobscot Books is a seven room premier bookstore located in Searsport, ME, at the top of Penobscot Bay. The owners, Howard and Kate La Rue, created a bookstore that they felt like they would like to visit and numerous customers feel the same.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Payment by VISA or MASTERCARD. All orders shipped within 48 business hours. Books shipped UPS/Priority Mail or Global Priority, upon request, or book rate otherwise. By ordering this book you agree that your credit card will be charged. We pride ourselves on delivering fine books in a timely manner. If you have any problems or have not received your book, please contact us immediately, before you dispute our charge with your credit card company/bank. Any Credit Card 'chargeback' upon resolution ...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavier or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping charge is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express