Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources

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9781405146418: Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources

Renaissance Art Reconsidered showcases the aesthetic principles and the workaday practices guiding daily life through these years of extraordinary human achievement.


  • A major new anthology, bringing to life the places, works, media, and issues that define Renaissance art
  • Ideal for use on Renaissance studies courses and for reference by students of art history
  • Moves beyond the borders of Italy to consider European, Mediterranean, and post Byzantine art, widening the traditional focus of Renaissance art
  • Includes letters, treatises, contracts, inventories, and other public documents, many of which are translated into English for the first time in this volume
  • Showcases the aesthetic principles and the workaday practices guiding daily life through these years of extraordinary human achievement, providing crucial insight into the art and the context in which it was produced.

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Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources offers an intimate glimpse into myriad artistic realities, locales, media contents, and philosophies that came to define Renaissance art from 1400 and 1530. Moving beyond the Italian border, this text goes on to consider European, Mediterranean, and post Byzantine art, widening the traditional focus of Renaissance art.Unprecedented in its sources, this collection brings together a wide variety of contracts, extracts from treatises, letters, diaries, wills and other important documents, many of which are translated into English for the first time, to provide crucial insight into the art and the context in which it was produced.

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Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources offers an intimate glimpse into the reality of making art, and the geographical, material and theoretical factors that shaped artistic production between 1400 and 1530. This book widens the traditional Italian focus of Renaissance art history, considering texts from northern Europe and the Mediterranean alongside texts relating to Italian art. Unprecedented in its range, this collection brings together a wide variety of contracts, extracts from treatises, letters, diaries, wills and other important documents, many of which are translated into English for the first time, to provide crucial insight into the art and the context in which it was produced.

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