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This beautifully illustrated book offers the reader a rich and colorful panorama of Renaissance art as it developed in the 15th and 16th centuries. It explores Florence under the Medici and the advances made in Rome and Venice, but also coversMoreThis beautifully illustrated book offers the reader a rich and colorful panorama of Renaissance art as it developed in the 15th and 16th centuries. It explores Florence under the Medici and the advances made in Rome and Venice, but also covers changes taking place in Flanders and the rest of Europe. Works of art are given full-page illustrations, with additional enlargements. These are accompanied by texts exploring the historical and cultural background of the climate that favored the birth of these great works.The Renaissance was essentially a return to the interests and concerns of the classical period. Brunelleschi built the dome on the cathedral of Florence- Donatello revived the Roman art of casting statues. A new solemnity and measured harmony infiltrated the arts and rapidly overshadowed gothic culture. In Florence, there was an extraordinary cultivation of the arts and letters by Lorenzo the Magnificent: Boticelli and Ghirlandaio had large and active workshops. Two geniuses emerged from the Florentine workshops: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti who after his move to Rome caused general amazement with the production of his Pietà for St. Peters.When Raphael died (1520) the Renaissance was at its height but shortly afterwards experienced a period of crisis. This was a time of dramatic change. The discovery of the new world, the break-up of the church after the protests of Luther, the advance of the Turks in Europe, all undermined age-old certainties. In Venice, Giorgiones revolutionary depiction of the world in color became more intellectual, more mannerist. The same happened in Rome, while in Florence there was uncertainty,artificiality and a discordant tone in the work of Pontormo and Bronzino. The disquietude of Mannerism reached as far as Fontainebleau, and to the Escorial in Spain.Renaissance Art captures the great beauty and brilliance that flowed from the masters during this extraordinarily creative time.