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Compare with those books that teach you how to appreciate a painting or a sculpture, this one isabout the external history, the working environment, the system, the materials they use and the relationship between an artist, a patron, the guild and the government in renaissance Italy. This book has the dubious honour of being the one with the picture that made me think the Virgin Mary was hot.Aacademic review written in textbook style and not a particularly advanced one at that, but important for its contribution to the field of Renaissance art history in the same vein as Baxandall, emphasizing that art was created and enjoyed in different ways and under wildly different circumstances in the past than today. @Download Book ð Art in Renaissance Italy: 1350-1500 (Oxford History of Art) ⚧ Evelyn Welch Presents A Fresh Picture Of Italian Art Between The Black Death In The Mid Fourteenth Century And The French Invasions At The End Of The Fifteenth In It, Florence Is No Longer The Only Important Centre Of Artistic Activity But Takes Its Place Alongside Other Equally Interesting And Varied Cities Of The Italian Peninsula Oil Paintings Are Examined Alongside Frescos, Tapestries, Sculptures In Bronze And Marble, Manuscript Illuminations, Objects In Precious Metals, And A Wide Range Of Other Works Evelyn Welch Explains Artistic Techniques And Workshop Practices, And Discusses Contextual Issues Such As Artist Patron Relationships, Political And Religious Uses Of Art, And The Ways In Which Visual Imagery Related To Contemporary Sexual And Social Behaviour Above All She Recreates The Dramatic Experiences Of Contemporary Italians The Patrons Who Commissioned The Works, The Members Of The Public Who Viewed Them, And The Artists Who Produced Them Revisiting an old college text before I go overdose on art at the Uffizi I always enjoyed the Oxford History of Art series and found them engaging and easy to read Instead of discussing artworks chronologically or presenting a great artists view of art history, the Oxford series is arranged thematically putting art and artists into proper historical context This book examines who commissioned the art and why, and who made it and how My favorite sections include discussions of why the artwork was commissioned, how it was used, and the purpose it served in society This means that you get to read a lot about Italian religious and political history but this provides the right context for appreciating the power and place of art in the Renaissance. An account that focusses on the practical side of things, how art was made and commissioned and why it was bought and how it was viewed It sadly misses out the stuff done by da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo in the cinquecento that most people associate with the Renaissance like the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes in the pope s apartments Humanism is not particularly prominent in the account as it would only become big in painting and culturegenerally in the cinquecento and sometimes the history accounted for, feels pretty dang medieval I found the details of this history highly interesting anyway, how religious practices were massively different back then, all the guilds and their power, how women s behaviour was massively circumscribed particularly in the courts I kinda expected some lyrical tributes to certain artists but this isn t Robert Hughes I guess and I certainly got to see a lot of interesting aspects to some of my favourite artist s work, like Donatello A very good book, better than any German introduction to renaissance art that I know I especially appreciate that the work of art is also explained as a work of use I highly recommend this book to any art history student, you will see the works of Donatello, Mantegna and others with different eyes Traditional histories of Italian art in the Renaissance, such as those by Vasari and Gombrich see a linear progression in technique and accomplishment from Giotto to Michelangelo It s a neat and satisfying way of understanding the period, but also open to some serious questioning Welch does just that in an excellent account that examines the art through materials, relationships between artists and patrons, government, patronage, domestic and religious settings, rather than via the genius of individual artists By all means read Vasari and Gombrich, they are superb, but then read Welch. ISBN 10 019284279XWell described It will give an in depth look at Renaissance Italy For a person with a real interest beyond being able to repeat the trivia names this is the book Not a light read, and I wonder if someone without the basic names timeline of Europe during mid age to 1500 s not just Italy down would get much out of it. A well researched book Welch has an interesting take on the art and architecture during a time deemed momentous She gives voice to ordinary artisans, and, instead of merely praising again and again the familiar names of Filippo Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, and the like, she focuses on the social and political aspects which brought about the notion of arts patronage As a firm believer in social contexts as origins of events, I found this approach intriguing as I could see art as a form of progress, based on which we can trace back and find explanations for turning points e.g the advent of the concept of artist individualism creativity , as opposed to fragments emerging from nowhere.However, I really, really wished Welch carried outanalyses of the artworks and how all the backgrounds she successfully provides are depicted through the works It seems to me that most of the images serve to illustrate a single detail rather than unify larger main ideas in a chapter I was left yearning forfrom her. I m going to have to put this one away It may be me, but I find this book very tough going The writing is turgid and dull, and the author doesn t seem to understand how to carry through a thread of inquiry without skipping essential steps In other words, she doesn t understand what the elementary reader who is the target of this book needs to know in order to follow the discussion As such, non sequiturs abound Again, it may just be that I don t have the patience to plow through this But a book on 15th cen art shouldn t demand such patience.