History of Italian Art, Volume I
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Published in two volumes, History of Italian Art provides a major history of Italian Art from antiquity to the present day. A distinguished group of cultural historians provide a comprehensive account of Italian "art" in the wider sense, examining not only painting and sculpture, but also photography and iconography, restorations and fakes, landscapes and writing.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 20mm | 580.61g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Volume I ed.
  • 0745617549
  • 9780745617541
  • 2,298,325

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Published in two volumes, this major work provides a history ofItalian art from antiquity to the present day.

A distinguished group of cultural historians provides acomprehensive account of Italian "art" in the wider sense: as wellas painting and sculpture, they examine photography andiconography, restorations and fakes, landscapes and writing. Theyfocus not only on individual artists and epochs, but on theconditions under which Italian art was and is created: itsprinciples, intentions and effects.

History of Italian Art represents a radical break withthe compendium of facts and works found in conventional books onart history. It explores the mentalities and the institutions, thetypography and the geography which have determined the maincharacteristics of Italian art for over a thousand years. It willbe welcomed by students and researchers in the history of art andcultural history, as well as anyone interested in the culture andhistory of Italy.

Both volumes are richly illustrated and include works by Titian, Botticelli, Bellini, Lotto, Da Modena, Giotto, Pisano, and manyothers.

Volume I includes contributions from Peter Burke on the historyof the Italian artist from the twelfth century, Enrico Castelnuovoand Carlo Ginzburg on regional art outside the traditional centers, Nicole Dacos on antique art, Francis Haskell on the "dispersal" andconservation of artistic works, and Anna Maria Mura on the publicreception of art.
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Table of contents

List of Illustration. Publisher's Note. Preface by Peter Burke. 1. The Italian Artist and his Roles: Peter Burke. 2. Centre and Periphery: Enrico Castelnuovo and Carlo Ginzburg. 3. Italian Art and the Art of Antiquity: Nicole Dacos. 4. The Dispersal and Conservation of Art-historical Property: Francis Haskell. 5. The Public Reception of Art: Anna Maria Mura. Index.
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"These well-chosen essays provide a comprehensive overview of Italian art." The Art Book Review "Very useful essays ... and all of them could be readily set for undergraduate and graduate reading." The Oxford Art Journal
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