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ARTH 220 (Renaissance Art in Europe) Course Guide: Home

This guide is intended to help students in ART 220 find resources for their research.

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The following guide provides you with art books, ebooks, and online resources to help you get started with your research. For additional help finding sources, ask a librarian! 

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Recommended Books

Renaissance Art
Location: 709.024 NIC 2010

Through engaging discussion of timeless works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, and supported by illustrations including color plates, the author explores the truly original and diverse character of the art of the Renaissance.

Viewing Renaissance Art
Location: 4 Day Reserves

This book focuses on the values, priorities, and motives of patrons and the purposes and functions of art works produced north and south of the Alps and in post-Byzantine Crete. 

Art of the Northern Renaissance 

Location: 709.024 POR 2018

This book offers a richly illustrated narrative that allows readers to understand the progression, variety and key conceptual developments of Northern Renaissance Art.

Renaissance Art : a Very Short Introduction
Location: 709.024 JOH 2005

Botticelli, Holbein, Leonardo, Dürer, Michelangelo: the names are familiar, as are the works, such as the Last Supper fresco, or the monumental marble statue of David. But who were these artists, why did they produce such memorable images, and how would their original beholders have viewed these objects? 

Art of Renaissance Florence

Location: 709.4551 NET 2019

This book examines the remarkable period of cultural, artistic and intellectual blossoming in Florence from ca. 1400 to 1520, the period traditionally known as the Early and High Renaissance.

A New History of Italian Renaissance Art
Location: 4 Day Reserves

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. 

Italian Renaissance Art
Location: eBook

Now thoroughly revised and updated throughout, featuring extended discussions of Mannerism and the expanding role of women in the visual arts and significant illustration program enhancements, Italian Renaissance Art is a readable, student-friendly, lavishly-illustrated introduction to one of the greatest periods of artistic genius in western history.

Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence

Location: eBook

Renaissance Florence, of endless fascination for the beauty of its art and architecture, is no less intriguing for its dynamic political, economic, and social life. In this book Patricia Lee Rubin crosses the boundaries of all these areas to arrive at an original and comprehensive view of the place of images in Florentine society.

History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture
Location: 709.45 HAR 1994

A broad survey of art and architecture in Italy between c. 1250 and 1600, this book approaches the works from the point of view of the artist as individual creator and as an expression of the city within which the artist was working.

The Ivory Mirror : the Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe

Location: eBook

We often imagine the Renaissance as an age of exceptional human progress and artistic achievement. But, intriguingly, macabre images proliferated in precisely this period: unsettling depictions of Death personified, of decaying bodies, of young lovers struck down in their prime. These morbid themes run riot in the remarkable array of artworks featured in The Ivory Mirror.

Northern Renaissance Art
Location: 4 day Reserves

This book offers a wide-ranging introduction to the way that art was made, valued, and viewed in northern Europe in the age of the Renaissance, from the late fourteenth to the early years of the sixteenth century.

The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice

Location: eBook

This book—the first detailed study of the altarpiece in a major center of Renaissance art—focuses on Venice from 1450 to 1530.

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