Laurie Schneider Adams

Italian Renaissance Art

Westview Press, Icon Edition, 2001

This introduction to one of the greatest periods in western history begins with Classical and Medieval precedents of the Italian Renaissance and covers the work of Giotto through Correggio. With 400 illustrations, 215 of which are in color, the text creates a wide-ranging view of Italian Renaissance style, iconography, and context. Throughout, the text is integrated with maps, plans, and diagrams, as well as boxed asides on media, technique, biography, and history, that enhance the main narrative. Controversy boxes introduce some of the on-going scholarly quarrels among Renaissance art historians.

"This is a very good book which should furnish us with the new and useable text we have been waiting for...."
Bruce Cole, Emeritus, Department of Art History Indiana University and former Director of the NEH.

"This sensibly selective and well-written introduction to Italian Renaissance art covers the main centers throughout Italy and describes the major artists and their works from different critical and methodological points of view. The large-format illustrations make this text particularly useful."
James Beck, Professor of Art History, Columbia University.


1: The Thirteenth Century
2: Trecento Precursors
3: Architecture and Sculpture in Florence 1400-1430
4: Painting in Florence 1400-1430
5: Painting in Florence 1430-1460
6: Painting in Florence II 1430-1460
7: Sculpture and Architecture in Florence 1430's-1460's
8: Developments in Siena, Rimini, and Pienza 1400-1460
9: Developments in Umbria, the Marches, and Naples 1400's-1460's
10: Sculpture and Architecture in Florence after 1450
11: Painting in Florence after 1450
12: Fifteenth-Century Developments in Verona, Ferrara, and Mantua
13: Developments in Later Fifteenth- and Early Sixteenth-Century Venice
14: Leonardo and Bramante: Late Fifteenth- and Early Sixteenth-Century Developments in Florence and Milan
15: Michelangelo and Raphael: The Later Fifteenth Century to 1505
16: Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael: Developments in Rome to 1520
17: Venice in the Sixteenth Century
18: Michelangelo after 1520 and the Transition to Mannerism

Second Edition

The second edition has an expanded section on Mannerism and over fifty pictures changed from black and white to color. The readability of plans and diagrams has been improved. New pictures have been added and more attention is given to women artists such as Properzia de' Rossi, Sofonisba Anguissola, and Lavinia Fontana as well as to discussions of women artists current in the Renaissance.

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For Children
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