Most popular Renaissance art books
The most popular Renaissance art books currently available. Updated weekly.
A leading Leonardo da Vinci scholar takes a fresh look at the master's work by exploring 100 key da Vinci milestones across his oeuvres of art, science, engineering, architecture, anatomy and more, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of his death.
In 2017 the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. But is it a real da Vinci? In a thrilling narrative built on formidable research, Ben Lewis tracks the extraordinary journey of a masterpiece lost and found, lied and fought over across the centuries.
Delight in page after page of Michelangelo's graphic brilliance. From architectural structures to anatomically perfect figures, this fresh edition intersperses some of the artist's finest drawings with his own notes and revisions, offering spine-tingling proximity to the process of his genius.
Provides the reader with an insight into the life and work of one of history's most intriguing figures, Leonardo Da Vinci. Almost all of his work is presented in this volume - from his paintings and frescos, to detailed reproductions of his remarkable encrypted notebooks.
This new book in the series follows Leonardo da Vinci's artistic development, from early drawings and paintings while apprentice to artist Andrea del Verrocchio, to his later works, including the renowned Mona Lisa as well as his scientific observations and inventions that still impact the world today.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester is the most important of Leonardo's scientific manuscripts. It demonstrates Leonardo's influence on later scientific study, including issues from geology to the science of water, from astronomy to technology.
Translation of: Leonardo: una carriera di pittore.
Discover the complete works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the most significant artist of Flemish Renaissance painting. Marking the 450th anniversary of his death and his first ever monographic exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this XXL monograph gathers all 40 paintings, 65 drawings, and 89 engravings-each piece a unique...
Learn about this great man's life and achievements and develop your understanding of one of the world's most eclectic and extraordinary minds.
Notorious bad boy of Italian painting, Caravaggio is now considered one of the greatest influences in all art history. This neat catalogue raisonne reproduces all of Caravaggio's paintings as well as a number of dramatic details of his boundary-breaking realism. Five accompanying chapters trace Caravaggio's artistic daring and his equally...
Famed for the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and his astonishing drawings, da Vinci excelled in a multitude of arenas. The patronage of the Medici family was key, and this sumptuous new book offers a view of the artist in this context, alongside the work of others who benefited from the Medici, from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo.
An illustrated key to unlocking the mysteries of paintings, sculpture and architecture by the great Italian masters, this book also provides fresh insight into the currents of Renaissance thought, from humanism to myticism to religious reform.
Shedding new light on the renowned Renaissance artist, this book examines all of da Vinci's known paintings using recent advances in technology and the latest art historical research.
From anatomical studies to architectural plans, complex engineering designs to pudgy infant portraits: discover the delicate finesse of one of the most talented minds, and hands, in history. This Bibliotheca Universalis edition presents more than 600 of Leonardo da Vinci's masterful drawings.
Painter, inventor, architect, scientist, and engineer: Leonardo da Vinci stands to this day as one of the most accomplished human beings ever to have lived. Whether the smallest arteries of the human heart, exquisite biblical scenes, or far-flung constellations of the universe, explore his insatiable quest for knowledge, invention, and beauty.
A modern rethinking of the career and vision of one of the greatest artists of all time on the 500th anniversary of his death
This wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance sees the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement and cultural experimentation and interaction on a global scale. It guides the reader through the key issues that defined the period, from art, architecture, and literature, to advances in science, trade and travel.
Palladio (1508-80) combined classical restraint with constant inventiveness. In this study, Professor Ackerman sets Palladio in the context of his age - the Humanist era of Michelangelo and Raphael, Titian and Veronese - and examines each of the villas, churches and palaces in turn.
Features artists, art, and architecture of the period, including the frescos of Giotto, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and the works of Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Titian.
Often called "the first art historian", the author writes with delight on the lives of Leonardo and other celebrated Renaissance artists.
A dazzling piece of Italian history of the infamous family that become one of the most powerful in Europe, weaving its history with Renaissance greats from Leonardo da Vinci to GalileoAgainst the background of an age which saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money and ambition.
'An absorbing book, beautifully told and with the writer fully in command of a huge body of research' Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday There was an epic sweep to Michelangelo's life. At 31 he was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world; long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived (and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser). For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events: the vortex at which European history was changing from Renaissance to Counter Reformation., Few of his works - including the huge frescoes of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the marble giant David and The Last Judgment - were small or easy to accomplish. Like a hero of classical mythology - such as Hercules, whose statue Michelangelo carved in his youth - he was subject to constant trials and labours. In Michelangelo Martin Gayford describes what it felt like to be Michelangelo Buonarroti, and how he transformed forever our notion of what an artist could be.'It is a measure of [Michelangelo's] magnitude, and Gayford's skill in capturing it, that you finish this book wishing that Michelangelo had lived longer and created more' Rachel Spence, FT 'One of our most distinguished writers on what makes modern artists tick ., . . It is very difficult to cut through the thicket of generations of scholarship and say anything new about David, the Sistine Chapel, The Last Judgement, the Basilica of St Peter's or many of Michelangelo's other masterpieces, but Gayford manages to do so by encouraging us to think - and look - at both the obvious and the overlooked' Sunday Telegraph'Only the most ambitious biographer can take on the talent of Michelangelo Buonarroti' The Times
The most exhilarating painter of the Renaissance and arguablyof the whole of western art, Tintoretto was known as Il Furiosobecause of the attack and energy of his style.
Released to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death.
This edition prints all three parts of Dante's great poem about the journey of the soul - INFERNO, PURGATORIO and PARADISO - in the recent English translation by Allen Mandelbaum, with an introduction and explanatory notes on each canto by the noted Dante scholar, Peter Armour.
Nicknamed "il divino," Renaissance genius Michelangelo combined body, spirit, and God into visionary masterpieces across sculpture, painting, and architecture. From The Pieta to the extraordinary ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, this book provides the essential introduction to the artist's revolutionary ideas and awe-inspiring artworks.
Notorious bad boy of Italian painting, now considered one of the greatest influences in all of art history. This comprehensive catalogue raisonne reproduces all of Caravaggio's paintings as well as a number of dramatic details of his boundary-breaking realism. Five chapters assess Caravaggio's artistic daring, while a detailed chronology traces...
A wide-ranging reassessment of Renaissance art that examines the ways in which European culture came to define itself culturally and aesthetically in the years 1450 to 1550.
The Italian Renaissance is a pivotal episode in the history of Western culture. This book discusses a 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.
A digestible introduction to the background and history of the Renaissance is followed by a gallery of treasured works focusing on the most popular Italian art, from Giotto's frescoes and Fra Angelico's delightful Annunciation, to Botticelli's willowy Venuses, that ceiling of Michelangelo's and the master of Venetian painting, Titian.
An in-depth collection of essays on the leading engraver and printmaker of the Italian Renaissance, accompanying the first major exhibition of his work in over three decades, at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. -- .
The untold story of one of Florence's most magnificent and mysterious palazzos
With a freshness and breadth of approach that sets the art in its context, this book explores why works were created and who commissioned the palaces, cathedrals, paintings, and sculptures. This revised edition contains around 200 new pictures and nearly all colour images. The chapter structure has also been improved.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. This book presents the readings of Caravaggio's pictures, which show how he created their drama, immediacy and humanity, and how completely he departed from the conventions of his time.
Through delicate details, fluid lines, and some of the most beloved female figures in art history, explore the making of Renaissance legend, Botticelli. From portraits of the powerful Medici family to his iconic Birth of Venus, we discover a master of secular, religious, and mythological painting, whose eloquent figuration and composition has...
A one-of-a-kind book of pop-ups based on the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
Now available in a new edition, this lavishly illustrated volume draws on the latest research to present an exciting new interpretation of Albrecht Durer, both as a man and as an artist.
Michelangelo was a genius of unrivaled virtuosity. This dependable edition traces the extraordinary depth and breadth of his work and his ascent to the elite of the Renaissance and art history with ten richly illustrated chapters covering the artist's paintings, sculptures, and architecture with special focus on the tour de force frescoes of...
Published in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, this book tells the story of the first Raphael in America and explores Inghirami's fascinating career.
This selection offers a cross-section from the 6,000 surviving sheets that constitute Leonardo's notebooks, including his thoughts on landscape, optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Leonardo expert Martin Kemp.
Magnificent collector's edition of the great Renaissance painter Raphael