Making Renaissance Art Kim W. Woods

Publication date:
30 Nov 2006
Yale University Press
352 pages: 286 x 216mm
200 color illus.
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This book explores key themes in the making of Renaissance painting, sculpture, architecture, and prints: the use of specific techniques and materials, theory and practice, change and continuity in artistic procedures, conventions and values. It also reconsiders the importance of mathematical perspective, the assimilation of the antique revival, and the illusion of life.
Embracing the full significance of Renaissance art requires understanding how it was made. As manifestations of technical expertise and tradition as much as innovation, artworks of this period reveal highly complex creative processes—allowing us an inside view on the vexed issue of the notion of a renaissance.

Kim W. Woods is lecturer, Art History Department, The Open University.

"The illustrations manage both to meet expectations of what ought to be there and to delight by the inclusion of some particularly apt and less-than-standard choices. There are chapters on drawing and the workshop, on prints, on architecture, on pictorial space, and a particularly rich one on contemporary writing about art. The authors have done a great service to those who need an introduction to Renaissance art by managing to combine breadth of outlook with concrete historical detail. Highly recommended."?Choice 

"Either used in conjunction with its companion volumes, or on its own with a more traditional, biographical survey of Renaissance art, Making Renaissance Art is an important and much needed contribution for instructors in the field."?Stanley E. Weed, Sixteenth Century Journal