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How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting

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Filled with great masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, and Titian, How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting takes the reader into their world. As in the internationally successful and innovative How to Read a Painting, each spread uses an important painting as a way to explain a key concept, ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Connie
Jul 01, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: artists-or-art, italy
The book is set up in double-page spreads, each concentrating on one painting in full color, with additional small detail illustrations and explanations. It covers the Renaissance in Italy chronologically from 1400-1600.

The beauty of this book is that it contains almost 400 pages of color illustrations. While it does not go into depth about any one artist, technique, or Italian history, it gives a good overview of the gorgeous art from the Renaissance in Italy.
Alexander
Apr 27, 2013 Alexander rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beginnerds
when I was in college, I ignored panofsky and Iconology. I used to read this stuff about the symbolism in
"realistic" paintings and think what is the point. i found discussions of the effect of types of paint more interesting than symbolism. This book is wonderful with hundreds of two page spreads, each illustrating a theme and focusing on a single painting and details from that painting exemplifying that. theme. On the negative side, a two page spread with maybe 300 words explaining neo-Platoni
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