The 15th century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European artistic culture. But what does the familiar phrase "Renaissance Art" actually refer to? Through engaging discussion of timeless works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, Tom Nichols offers a masterpiece of his own as he explores the truly original and diverse character of the art of the Renaissance.
"Expertly informed and highly readable. Nichols provides the non-specialist with an in-depth analysis. By focusing on key masterpieces Nichols provides the non-specialist with an in-depth analysis... while also illuminatingly placing them within the wider context of Renaissance culture." (Peter Humfrey, Professor of Art History, University of St Andrews)
"An excellent introduction. The book is exceptionally informative...and articulated in a way that is remarkably fresh." (Malcolm Bull, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, The Courtauld Institute of Art)
"An excellent introduction to the art of the Renaissance. Nichols offers fresh insights and well-observed commentary on individual works and their place within the history of art." (Tania String, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, University of Bristol)
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