Author(s): John T. Paolettii and Garry M. Radke
With a freshness and breadth of approach that sets the art in its context, this book explores why works were created and who commissioned the palaces, cathedrals, paintings, and sculptures. It covers Rome and Florence, Venice and the Veneto, Assisi, Siena, Milan, Pavia, Genoa, Padua, Mantua, Verona, Ferrara, Urbino, and Naples. Chapters are grouped into four chronological parts, allowing for a sustained examination of individual cities in different periods. "Contemporary Scene" boxes provide fascinating glimpses of daily life and "Contemporary Voice" boxes quote from painters and writers of the time. Innovative and scholarly, yet accessible and beautifully presented, this book is a definitive work on the Italian Renaissance.
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John T. Paoletti is Professor of the History of Art at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He has published widely on the patronage of the Medici family in Florence and on Michelangelo. Gary M. Radke is a Renaissance specialist at Syracuse University and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
Introduction: Art in Context; Part I The Late Thirteenth and the Fourteenth Century; Chapter 1 The Origins of the Renaissance; Chapter 2 Rome: Artists, Popes, and Cardinals; Chapter 3 Assisi and Padua: Narrative Realism; Chapter 4 Florence: Traditions and Innovations; Chapter 5 Siena: City of the Virgin; Chapter 6 Naples: Art for a Royal Kingdom; Chapter 7 Venice: The Most Serene Republic; Chapter 8 Pisa and Florence: Morality and Judgment; Chapter 9 Visconti Milan and Carrara Padua; Part II The Fifteenth Century; Chapter 10 Florence: Commune and Guild; Chapter 11 Florence: The Medici and Political Propaganda; Chapter 12 Rome: Re-establishing Papal Power; Chapter 13 Venice: Affirming the Past and Present; Chapter 14 Courtly Art: The Gothic and Classic; Chapter 15 Sforza Milan; Part III The First Half of the Sixteenth Century; Chapter 16 Lombardy: Instability and Religious Fervor; Chapter 17 Florence: The Renewed Republic; Chapter 18 Rome: Julius II, Leo X, and Clement VII; Chapter 19 Mantua, Parma, and Genoa: The Arts at Court; Chapter 20 Florence: Mannerism and the Medici; Chapter 21 Venice: Vision and Monumentality; Part IV The Later Sixteenth Century; Chapter 22 The Rome of Paul III; Chapter 23 The Demands of the Council of Trent; Chapter 24 Northern Italy: Reform and Innovation; Chapter 25 Rome: A European Capital City; Geanealogy; List of Popes; List of Venetian Doges; Time Chart; Glossary; Bibliography; Literary Credits, Picture Credits, Index.