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History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture

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Fully indexed. Extensive glossary and updated bibliography. 833 illustrations, including 105 in full color.
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 1969)
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Feb 02, 2017 Paula rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that gives us impressive details about the work of art which defines the Renaissance period. Placing himself in multiple angles to take a look at the artists'personal lives within the context of specific societal patterns, Hartt offers us more than enchanting images. He lets us see that the 'humanism' that marked the aesthetic structural elements of the paintings , architectural design and sculptures at that time is a secret ingredient to make a work of art keep its value over ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Ellis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in Italian Renaissance
Shelves: readforschool
Read for my class: Leonardo, Raphael, and their Contemporaries

A very good survey. It's difficult to find a good survey, but my professor is literally 90+ years old, so he's had time to look around. This one is very good because it includes more than just the recognized masters, but also their teachers and their influences and predecessors. Additionally, Hartt spends a great deal of time explaining the processes of creating the various types of painting (tempera, oil, on different media) or fresc
Apparently a real classic of the genre. Hefty and full of pix. I rescued this from the trash of a certain book purveyor. Along with a book covering the two world wars, this is the biggest tome I've ever pulled out of the oblivion hole. Hope to review this soon...
Adrian Colesberry
May 10, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it really liked it
How I taught myself about art.
Beth Mayfield-House
Saw an article in the New York Times about Italian Renaissance Art. I thought, Man, I used to know all this in college. Turns out I was inspired to read through my Italian Renaissance Book. Man this book is full of good stuff. My only complaint is that it's huge and difficult to carry. I wish something like this came in a Kindle or Nook. Then again, the wonderful color plates wouldn't be available. The photos are great. The art history is even better.
Theresa Leone Davidson
Feb 06, 2012 Theresa Leone Davidson rated it it was amazing
A dense, informative book that would appear to include everything you could want to know about the topic. The pictures are gorgeous, and the stories behind them fun to read. The book is not just about the masters, either, like da Vinci and Michelangelo, but about lesser known geniuses, like Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca and Antonello da Messina. Terrific compilation that I would highly recommend.
Feb 19, 2014 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-about-art
It is a book for those who study or seriously interested in art and it isn't cheap. It covers Italian Art from the late Middle Ages to the Late 16th century in various region of Italy.Very detailed with fabulous illustrations.
Jennell McHugh
Nov 17, 2008 Jennell McHugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visual feast with complementary knowledge. Viva il Cinquecento.
Trisha Logsden
Jan 11, 2015 Trisha Logsden rated it really liked it
Read it as part of a survey class.....kept it and have read again over the years and each time, I learn something new. Opened my eyes to a whole new world and a continuing educational path
Jul 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Great book on Italian Renaissance art, and good for supplement material in any art history class.
Aug 12, 2012 Merry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-art-history
Another great Art History lecture with Dr. Diane Goode!
Mar 13, 2017 微的痕迹 rated it it was amazing
14年去欧洲前看的。All time favorite. 这就是一本随时让我翻起来感到开心的书。
Sep 15, 2015 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing for a book, much less a textbook. I originally checked it out from the library, but that edition had mostly black and white photos, so I rented the latest edition from Barnes and Noble for around thirty dollars - not cheap, but well worth it. For some reason, I really enjoy looking at artwork while reading a critical analysis of it. I didn't read it deep enough to actually critique the artwork myself, or even tell good artwork from bad artwork, but I can identify different R ...more
May 18, 2009 Madcarlotta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books
I have the Third Edition
Oct 05, 2010 Meredith added it
Shelves: art, history
A beautiful (albeit heavy) book.
Dec 03, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-history
Viewed generally as the greatest book on Italian renaissance art this book is particularly noted for its exceptionally clear writing. The survey is comprehensive.
Greg Tatum
Nov 13, 2010 Greg Tatum rated it liked it
Shelves: art-books
Typical school survey book. Still full of good stuff.
Nov 03, 2011 Probibliophile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
college text
Nov 06, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
Very useful book. For Art 381.
Brenda Benton
Apr 25, 2013 Brenda Benton rated it it was amazing
I ❤❤Frederick Hartt
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