For courses in Renaissance Art.
Through close examination of Renaissance paintings, drawings, book illustrations, and other art works, Patricia Fortini Brown brings fourteenth and fifteenth century Venice alive. She explores the role of the guilds and the nobility, the unique island setting, the environment of the church and the private home, the political rivalries with other states, the taste for symbols and metaphors, the myriad qualities that made Venice distinct and its art unique. Carefully interweaving art-historical analysis of individual works (both famous and little-known) with rich contextual discussions, she reveals a culture of high beauty, artifice, and craftsmanship.
A concise yet thorough visit to the vast and rich world of Venetian art.
~Gives students a fresh view of the arts, architecture, and decorative traditions connected with Venice.
A marvelous picture–Not only of the art world in Venice but also of the city itself.
~Offers fascinating profiles of the way people lived, the politics of the time, and topics such as the Venetian Jews during the Renaissance.
Works of art within their social, cultural, political, geographic, economic and religious contexts–Considers the life and times of Venice during its greatest age.
~Shows students how the arts are influenced by other fields, and vice versa.
Accessible writing style.
~Communicates at a level that is accessible to the common reader and the student.
A wealth of vivid images–Including Carpaccio's Two Venetian Ladies on a Terrace and Hunting in the Lagoon shown in its complete form for the first time in print! Splendid Titians, featuring Giorgiones, and others. Photos of a Renaissance palazzo at different times of day, showing how reflected light from the canals changes with sun and shadow and affects the way art is seen in Venice. Period maps.
~Helps students to see, and better understand, the works being discussed.