Italian Renaissance Art : Understanding Its Meaning

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  • Copyright: 2013-03-04
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Richly illustrated, and featuring detailed descriptions of works by pivotal figures in the Italian Renaissance, this enlightening volume traces the development of art and architecture throughout the Italian peninsula in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A smart, elegant, and jargon-free analysis of the Italian Renaissance what it was, what it means, and why we should study it Provides a sustained discussion of many great works of Renaissance art that will significantly enhance readers' understanding of the period Focuses on Renaissance art and architecture as it developed throughout the Italian peninsula, from Venice to Sicily Situates the Italian Renaissance in the wider context of the history of art Includes detailed interpretation of works by a host of pivotal Renaissance artists, both well and lesser known

Author Biography

Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier is a three-time graduate of Harvard University (AB, AM, PhD) and an internationally known art historian.  She has taught and lectured in numerous American universities and chaired departments at the University of New Mexico and Wayne State University.  Professor Joost-Gaugier has written extensively on Italian art and architecture and has authored more than 200 publications, including six books.  Her work has been supported by numerous research grants and published in international journals, exhibition catalogues, and conference proceedings.  In 2005 she was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa for Lifetime Achievement by Harvard University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Frontispiece: Map of places mentioned

Introduction: The Italian Renaissance as an Idea Rather Than a Period

1. What a Difference a Hundred Years Makes

2. How it All Started: Florence and Umbria

3. What Happened Next in Florence

4. Searching for the Renaissance (1): Siena and Southward to Sicily

5. Searching for the Renaissance (2): From Northern Italy Back to Umbria

6. The Triumph of the Intellectual Avant-Garde: The High Renaissance

7. Some Other Artists of the High Renaissance

8. The Swan Song of Renaissance Art

9. The Break and the New Avant-Garde: Early Mannerism

10. What Was the Italian Renaissance? Conclusions in the Bigger Picture

Appendix A: Artists Mentioned

Appendix B: Some Suggested Readings


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