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Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500

Evelyn Welch

September 2000

ISBN: 9780192842794

352 pages

In Stock

Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99



The Italian Renaissance is a pivotal episode in the history of Western culture. Artists such as Masaccio, Donatello, and Fra Angelico created some of the most influential and exciting works in a variety of artistic fields at this time. Evelyn Welch presents a fresh picture of this period in the light of new scholarship and by recreating the experience of contemporary Italians - the patrons, the viewing public and the artists. The book discusses a wide range of works from across Italy, examines the issues of materials, workshop practices and artist-patron relationships, and explores the ways in which visual imagery related to contemporary sexual, social and political behaviour.

About the Author(s)

Evelyn Welch, Lecturer, Warburg Institute, University of London


impressive ... compares well with other recent offerings on the same subject - The Bookseller

Fully and often surprisingly illustrated, carefully annotated and captioned, each combines a historical overview with a nicely opinionated individual approach. - Independent on Sunday

These two books in a new series, the Oxford History of Art, are welcome attempts to assimilate genuine and informed scholarship of the best sort to some, at least, of the ostensible aims of what refers to itself as the 'new' art history. If these volumes are anything to go by, the series will provide authoritative and reliable essays on key aspects of the history of art, in a convenient format and, given the high quality, quantity and range of the illustrations, at an astonishingly reasonable price. This is an extraordinarily wide-ranging book within its brief compass, full of insights and information of a kind not readily met with, and Dr Welch always reminds us of how art appeared and functioned within its context, both historical and topographical. The book is also notably well and clearly written. - Robin Simon, Apollo Magazine: May 1997

thought-provoking ... Accessible and clearly written - Yorkshire Post (Leeds)

a superb piece of publishing - Rupert Christiansen, Spectator