This impressive reference work presents the key works of Renaissance architecture, sculpture and painting through words and pictures and sets them in the context of their exciting times. Renaissance art originated essentially in Italy, from where it spread throughout the whole of Europe.
This volume brings the Renaissance to life through countless illustrations and informative text. It comprises a unique overview supplemented by ground plans, drawings and detailed views of artworks and also offers fascinating digressions on the Medici family, the ideal city, garden design, architectural theory, the condottieri and many other topics.
It also paints portraits of the leading artistic personalities of the day including Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticellie, Titan, Veronese, and Durer, whose sculptures, buildings, frescoes and paintings continue to exert unique appeal today.