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A New History of Italian Renaissance Art

Stephen J. Campbell, Michael W. Cole


The second edition of Campbell and Cole’s acclaimed survey of Italian Renaissance art, updated to reflect the very latest scholarship and contemporary restorations


Stephen J. Campbell and Michael W. Cole present the second edition of their acclaimed survey of Italian Renaissance art.

The authors recount the history of Italian Renaissance art in the form of a decade-by-decade survey, one that highlights the achievements of the period’s great artists while also drawing connections between works produced in different places.

Illustrated with more than 850 carefully chosen images, many showing recent restorations, this thoroughly revised edition refines the original book’s presentation of the great cities of Rome, Florence and Venice while treating more of Southern Italy. It greatly expands coverage of the Trecento and includes a new appendix on materials and techniques.

A New History of Italian Renaissance Art surveys the canon of Renaissance painting and sculpture in full, while also looking at architecture, decorative and domestic arts and print media. Rather than emphasizing artists’ biographies, Campbell and Cole concentrate on the works, discussing means of production, the places for which images were made, the concerns of patrons and the expectations and responses of the works’ first viewers.

This influential account introduces Renaissance Italy in magnificent colour and detail. It shows that the ideas and works of artists working more than 500 years ago still have the power to move and astound.

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'Splendid … Campbell and Cole have written an enlightened book that can be read with profit by advanced beginners as well as seasoned professionals'
The Art Newspaper

'To read it is an education in itself … this is an informed, enlightened and useful book'
The Irish Times

'Dazzlingly ambitious and formidably intelligent, this is very much a book of today, which seems destined to remain the survey of choice for years to come'
David Ekserdjian, Leicester University, UK

'Elegant and comprehensive … magnificent'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Second edition

Size: 27.6 x 22.5 cm

Extent: 712 pp

Illustrations: 858

Publication date: 30 November 2017

ISBN: 9780500239759

Contents List

Introduction • 1. 1300–1400: The Trecento Inheritance • 2. 1400–1410: The Cathedral and the City • 3. 1410–1420: Commissioning Art: Standardization, Customization, Emulation • 4. 1420–1430: Perspective and Its Discontents • 5. 1430–1440: Practice and Theory • 6. 1440–1450: Palace and Church • 7. 1450–1460: Rome and Other Romes • 8. 1460–1470: Courtly Values • 9. 1470–1480: What Is Naturalism? • 10. 1480–1490: Migration and Mobility • 11. 1490–1500: The Allure of the Secular • 12. 1500–1510: Human Nature • Italian Renaissance Materials and Techniques • Chronology of Rule 1400–1600: Key Centers • Glossary • Bibliographical Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading • Sources of Quotations

About the Author

Stephen J. Campbell is Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor and Acting Department Chair at Johns Hopkins University. He taught previously at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael W. Cole has taught at the University of North Carolina, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Williams College; he is currently Professor and Department Chair of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

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