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The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance

Christoph Luitpold Frommel

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The definitive account for our time of the most crucial period in architectural history, a turning point in Western culture whose riches and pleasures prove themselves yet again to be inexhaustible


Once in every generation comes a scholar who is a master of both the documentary evidence and the buildings themselves. Such a man is Christoph Luitpold Frommel who, after winning a world-wide reputation, here distils his learning into a new synthesis that is both up-to-date and securely based on primary sources.

Architecture of the Italian Renaissance is the definitive introduction to one of the great epochs in the history of architecture. Focusing on buildings of the period between 1418 and 1580, and the 35 key architects who designed them, it gives equal weight to social context, technical innovation and aesthetic judgement. Generously illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, plans and reconstructions, it brings into vivid relief the extraordinary flowering of architectural genius between the birth of Brunelleschi and the death of Michelangelo. It is sure to be the recognized textbook for the forseeable future, but will also give pleasure to the interested layman.

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'Rare is the perfect book, but for Christoph Frommel’s The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance, no other adjective will do … He proffers extraordinary levels of perception and interpretation … his language invariably precise and simple … with his eye we shall learn to look at architecture rather than just see it'
Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

'The selection of architects and projects seems balanced and comprehensive, and the scholarship impeccable'
The Times Literary Supplement

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.5 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 309

Publication date: 19 March 2007

ISBN: 9780500342206

Contents List

I. The Fifteenth Century 1. Brunelleschi, Donatello and Michelozzo 2. Alberti and His Contemporaries • 3. Francesco del Borgo and Roman Architecture from Pius II to Sixtus IV • 4. Florentine Architecture Under Lorenzo de’Medici • 5. Luciano Laurana, Francesco di Giorgio and Architecture under Frederico da Montafeltro • 6. Bramante and the Lombard Early Renaissance • 7. The Venetian Early Renaissance • 8. Architecture under Innocent VIII and Alexander VI II. The Cinquecento 1. Bramante and his His School • 2. Architecture in Northern Italy • 3. Michelangelo • 4. Late Renaissance • 5. Andrea Palladio

About the Author

Christoph Luitpold Frommel was born in 1933 and has held academic posts in Germany (Bonn University), the USA (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and University of California, Berkeley) and Italy (La Sapienza, Rome). He was Director of the Bibliotheca Herziana, Rome, from 1980 to 2001.