Title: The Renaissance: Revised Expanded ...
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
This book shows how and why the Italian Renaissance gained 5-star ranking in popular culture around the world. The change began in the late 1800s when trains made travel to Italy affordable for a middle class eager to experience masterpieces from the age of Medici. Num Pages: 640 pages, 129. BIC Classification: AC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 210 x 144 x 43. Weight in Grams: 936. . 2014. Rev Exp Ux. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781934772256
Synopsis: This book shows how and why the Italian Renaissance gained 5-star ranking in popular culture around the world. The change began in the late 1800s when trains made travel to Italy affordable for a middle class eager to experience masterpieces from the age of the Medici. Today planes transport millions of people to Italy's art capitals, and the Renaissance has a mass market. The Da Vinci Code is one of the best-selling books of all time. The Mona Lisa, Birth of Venus, and other icons are replicated in thousands of commodities, most cheap and ephemeral, the reverse of the art they reproduce. To the authors of this book, all such adaptations, however ill-informed or vulgar, are significant. Markers in a reciprocal exchange between the past and the present, they provide invaluable insights into the spectrum of facts, myths, and ideals that have defined the Renaissance since the 19th-century. This rich history is surveyed in the book's introduction, which takes readers from the Grand Tour to the video game Assassin's Creed. Essays, often illustrated with contemporary art, divide the book into 9 sections on major themes, ranging from "sex matters" to racism and slavery. Each theme is then developed in several essays on particular topics, from the "discovery" of Michelangelo's homosexuality to the Renaissance origins of the McMansion, the Jewish ghetto, and "slave portraits." Many illustrations have explanatory captions so that mere browsing allows the reader to engage with the book's reassessment of the Renaissance heritage. A team of experts in art, architecture, history, and literature collaborated on this volume, which was planned from the outset as an alternative textbook on the Renaissance. Except for James M. Saslow's little-known piece on Michelangelo, nothing in it has been previously published. This book is also noteworthy because it proposes new ways of understanding the give-and-take between the Renaissance and its modern admirers. With lively writing and unusual photographs, this book will appeal to all those interested in Italian culture as well as to undergraduate and graduate students in courses on the Renaissance or cultural studies.
It is double the length of most art publications; has 129 illustrations (many of contemporary art never before related to Renaissance monuments); pools new research from a team of experts in art, architecture, history, and literature; and is sure to forever change your ideas about the age of the Medici, which is also to say this book rejects orthodox notions of high culture and classical revival. its heart is pledged elsewhere, to the rich, vibrant material most academics disparage--The Da Vinci Code, the Las Vegas Venetian, and other components of the Renaissance that is alive, and well and being sold in popular culture and mass tourism. This other Renaissance is of great significance whether viewed on its own or viewed alongside the Renaissance of Burckhardt, Janson, et al. Applying the bifocal approach yields brilliant insights into a wide range of issues, such as Michelangelo's homosexuality, attempts at political dissent, the development of pornography, and Italian food. As the book unfolds, it reveals the existence of a hitherto hidden Renaissance that has little to do with humanist teachings but does bear out Machiavelli's advocacy of government through fear and force. Political power is up for grabs, violence is endemic, and the slave trade flourishing.
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