Italian Art, 1250-1550: The Relation of Renaissance Art to Life and Society

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This survey of Italian Renaissance art, from a new and different perspective, shows how art was a vital part of society and how all types of art and artists reflected the needs and aspirations of the culture from which they arose. Most books on Renaissance art are based on a chronological study of the major artists and their works. In this book, Bruce Cole covers the major types of art from c. 1250 to c. 1550, discusses their origins and development, documents their use and function, and describes their form and how and why the artists shaped them that way. Art is thus firmly connected with the life and society of the Renaissance rather than viewed as a separate entity: painting and sculpture are seen in their proper context. After a wide-ranging introduction, there are chapters on Italian Renaissance art in relation to domestic life, worship, civic life, death and afterlife, and Renaissance images and ideals.

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Bruce Cole is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University. A former Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is the author of Giotto and Florentine Painting, The Renaissance Artist at Work, Italian Art, 1250–1500 and other books.

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Italian Art, 1250-1550 will be tonic for those who have pushed aside the standard Renaissance art texts, wondering why the objects were created and how they were originally used. In four widely ranging chapters, Cole, a prolific historian of trecento art, discusses the painting, sculpture, and decorative arts produced for domestic, religious, and civic purposes, as well as portraits and landscapes in keeping with Renaissance ideals. Although one could quibble with the somewhat arbitrary categories (family chapels are discussed in two chapters) and wish for more contextual information from contemporary sources, Cole should be applauded for this readable introduction. Annette Melville, Research Libs. Group, Oakland, Cal.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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