Art and Love in Renaissance Italy

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy

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Many famous Italian Renaissance artworks were made to celebrate love and marriage. They were the pinnacles of a tradition - dating from the early Renaissance - of commemorating betrothal, marriage, and the birth of a child by commissioning extraordinary objects or exchanging them as gifts.

    

This important volume is the first art history book to examine the entire range of works to which Renaissance rituals of love and marriage gave rise and makes a major contribution to our understanding of Renaissance art in its broader cultural context.

    

Some 140 works of art, dating from about 1400 to 1600, are discussed in this art history book by a distinguished group of scholars and are reproduced in full colour.

    

Marriage and childbirth gifts are the point of departure. These range from maiolica, glassware, and jewellery to birth trays, musical instruments, and nuptial portraits. Bonds of love of another sort were represented in erotic drawings and prints. From these precedents, an increasingly inventive approach to subjects of love and marriage culminated in paintings by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, including Giulio Romano, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian.

    

This art history book is one of many art books available from the National Gallery, which include art history books, art exhibition catalogues and gift books.

Product Code 1023440
ISBN 9780300124118
author Andrea Bayer
B&W illustrations 75
colour illustrations 300
format Hardback
GTIN 9780300124118
pages 392
published Nov 2008
publisher Yale University Press
Dimensions 300 X 240 X 30
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