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The Renaissance Complete
Today's emphasis is on the period's complexity-the way in which ideas, politics, religion, society, art, and science depend on and affect one another. This survey brings the image to center stage, and the scope is all-embracing: Italy, France, Spain, Britain, Germany, and the northern countries; courts and patrons; painters and sculptors; churchmen and traders; men, women, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Thames & Hudson
(first published January 1st 1996)
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This text covers so many bases it's unreal. When people think of the Renaissance they think of Da Vinci, Michaelangelo and beautiful works of art but it was so much more as this book explores. The Renaissance was the birth of a new way of thinking, a period of intense learning and a need to understand the universe and our world's place in it. Margaret Aston was taking on no little task in trying to catalogue this period's key players and their achievements but somehow she put together an amazing ...more
Not an easy read in places but it still manages to be close to a masterpiece in itself. The author somehow manages to show paintings, sculpture and architecture from every aspect of renaissance life but covers each subject to the extent that you feel you know Leonardo's every brush stroke and toilet break. Never read a book quite like it.
The Renaissance is such a vast subject that this barely scratches the surface of it. But it uses contemporary illustrative materials in an innovative, thematic approach that demonstrates the scope of the Renaissance while inviting the casual reader to study deeper. Thoroughly recommended.