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The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty

by Alexander Lee

A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more 

Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic...


Renaissance Art: A Beginner's Guide

by Tom Nichols

The 15th century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European culture. But what does the familiar phrase “Renaissance Art” actually describe? Through engaging discussion of timeless...


Da Vinci Notebooks

by Leonardo Vinci

A dazzling array of invention, insight and observation from perhaps the greatest genius of Western civilisation. Towering across time as the painter of the Mona Lisa, forever famous as a sculptor and an inventor,...


Leon Battista Alberti and Nicholas Cusanus: Towards an Epistemology of Vision for Italian Renaissance Art and Culture

by Charles H. Carman

Providing a fresh evaluation of Alberti's text On Painting (1435), along with comparisons to various works of Nicholas Cusanus this study reveals a hitherto unsuspected shared epistemology of vision. Analyzing...


A Journey Into Michelangelo's Rome

by Angela K Nickerson

From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Capitoline Hill, this unique resource—part biography, part history, and part travel guide—provides an intimate portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo and the city...


Essays on Art

by A. Clutton-Brock

This collection of brief but insightful essays, though always returning to the author's central conviction that the quality of artistic endeavour depends not on individuals of genius but on the attitude of the...


Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

by Dianne Hales

Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story: Meet the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic subjects of all time—Mona Lisa.

A genius immortalized her. A French king paid...


Sehrengiz, Urban Rituals and Deviant Sufi Mysticism in Ottoman Istanbul

by B. Deniz Çalis-Kural

Examining the urban culture and landscapes of Istanbul through Şehrengiz, a genre of Ottoman poetry written in honor of various cities and provincial towns, this book questions the space culture of the Ottoman...


From Marble to Flesh. The Biography of Michelangelo's David

by A. Victor Coonin

Michelangelo’s David is the world’s most famous statue, a universal symbol of Florence and of Italy. Hailed as the epitome of Renaissance art, the David has inspired contemporary artists from Warhol to Banksy...


Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy: From Sprezzatura to Satire

by Eugenia Paulicelli

The first comprehensive study on the role of Italian fashion and Italian literature, this book emphasizes the centrality of Italian literature and culture for understanding modern theories of fashion and gauging...


The Fate of the Masterpiece: How the Monuments Men Rescued the Mystic Lamb from the Nazis

by Noah Charney

This short e-book, adapted from Noah Charney's book Stealing the Mystic Lamb, tells the dramatic story of the rescue of The Ghent Altarpiece from Nazi pillagers.

As the Nazis stormed across Europe during the...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari

by David J. Cast

The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari brings together the world's foremost experts on Vasari as well as up-and-coming scholars to provide, at the 500th anniversary of his birth, a comprehensive assessment...


Polish Culture in the Renaissance

by Lepri, Valentina (a cura di) & Facca, Danilo (a cura di)

During the most recent conference of the Renaissance Society of America, two sessions were devoted entirely to the Renaissance in Poland. In fifty-nine editions of what is considered the most prestigious international...


Sculpture Collections in Early Modern Spain

by Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio & Rosario Coppel

Firmly grounded in archival research, Sculpture Collections in Early Modern Spain transforms our knowledge regarding the presence of sculpture in the country during the period, which until now has been erroneously...


Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

by Thomas Cahill

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary...


Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices

by Jutta Gisela Sperling

The premise of this volume is that the ubiquity of lactation imagery in early modern visual culture and the discourse on breastfeeding in humanist, religious, medical, and literary writings is a distinct cultural...


Isabella d'Este and Francesco Gonzaga: Power Sharing at the Italian Renaissance Court

by Sarah D.P. Cockram

In this first full length scholarly study of Isabella d'Este and Francesco Gonzaga, Sarah Cockram casts new light on a long misunderstood relationship and shows the couple's strategic teamwork in action. Drawing...


Leonardo's Notebooks: Writing and Art of the Great Master

by Leonardo Da Vinci & H. Anna Suh

An all-new, jewel-like, reader-friendly format gives new life to this relaunch of an international best-seller.

Leonardo da Vinci-artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man-is a perennial source of fascination...


Historical Dictionary of Renaissance Art

by Lilian H. Zirpolo

It was the era that produced some of the icons of civilization: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Last Supper and Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling, Piet^, and David. As masterpieces by the likes of Caravaggio,...


Commemorating the Polish Renaissance Child: Funeral Monuments and their European Context

by Jeannie Labno

Through an exploration of the unique Polish tradition of child commemoration, this book raises issues beyond the monuments themselves, about Polish social life and family structuring in the early modern period,...