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Paolo Uccello
Franco Borsi
Apr 1994
From Library Journal
Unusual and disconcerting, eccentric and secretive, Uccello has long been regarded as a marginal figure in the glory that was Renaissance Florence. This splendid volume does much to change that image and to explain the creative intellect and daring approach to perspective and color that set him on a course divergent from his contemporaries. Additionally, this is a study of 15th-century Florence-a city with a rich Gothic tradition evolving into a center of humanism and creativity. The Borsis, father and son, Renaissance scholars both, have brought together all surviving works in an illustrated catalogue raisonne, supplied an excellent chronology and bibliography, and contributed valuable insights and interpretations. A definitive work; highly recommended for all art libraries and large public collections.Paula...

Andrea Mantegna: and the Italian Renaissance
Joseph Mance
May 2006
Book Description
Mantegna was born in 1431. He trained in painting at the Padua School where Donatello and Paolo Uccello had previously attended. Even at a young age commissions for Andrea’s work flooded in, for example the frescoes of the Ovetari Chapel of Padua. In a short space of time Mantegna found his niche as a modernist due to his highly original ideas; the use of perspective in his works. His marriage with Nicolosia Bellini, the sister of Giovanni, paved the way for his entree into Venice. Mantegna reached an artistic maturity with his altarpiece of Pala San Zeno. He remained in Mantua and became the artist for one of the most prestigious courts in Italy - the Court of Gonzague. Despite his links with Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna refused to adopt their innovative use of colour or leave behind his own...

Great Museums of Italy
Annamaria Petrioli
March 2002
Book Description
A grand tour of the premier art collections of Italy would require an 1000-mile trip from Milan to Rome over to Venice and down to Naples-and then back to Florence-and long hours in line). Now Italy's foremost art publisher has brought these eight art institutions and their history together in a beautiful and elegantly-priced volume.

Here are Italy's premier art institutions presented by their directors, gallery by gallery, including docent selections of major works from each collection, like the Uffizi's Primavera by Botticelli, Leonardo's The Annunciation, and Michaelangelo's Tondo Doni:

* The Egyptian Museum, Turin One of the largest collection of Old Kingdom artifacts outside Egypt

* Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice The premier collection of northern Italian masters includes the Presentation...

Paolo Uccello, Domenico Veniziano, Andrea Del Castagno
Annarita Paolieri
June 1991
Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

Knights and Castles
Alex Martin
July 2004
From Booklist
Reviewed with Ellen Galford's The Trail West.Gr. 5-8. For years, scholars have examined old paintings seeking to learn more about historical times and places. These books from the Picture That series invite students to do the same, using pictures that represent late medieval life in Europe and nineteenth-century western expansion in the U.S. With a spacious format and excellent reproduction of art, the books introduce the paintings and talk about what they reveal before zooming in on distinctive details, which are enlarged and discussed in captions. In Knights, the first double-page spread of the section "On the Battlefield" discusses Paolo Uccello's painting The Battle of San Romano; the second spread focuses on small sections of the painting illustrating fifteenth-century armor, the crossbow, the...

Urbino: The Story of a Renaissance City
June Osborne
September 2003
Book Description
During the Renaissance, the Italian city of Urbino rivaled Florence and Siena as a center of art, culture, and commerce. Chances are you've never heard of it--but you should have. Raphael was born there. Piero della Francesca painted his famous The Flagellation there. And the city's exquisite Ducal Palace, its twin towers piercing the sky, remains a striking monument to grace and power. Yet despite all its past glory and present charm, Urbino is practically unknown to tourists today.

With Urbino: The Story of a Renaissance City, art historian June Osborne brings to life not only the great city and its art but also its turbulent history and the intrigue surrounding its ruling family. First settled by the ancient Umbrians, Urbino reached its zenith during the fifteenth century under the rule of Duke...

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