The Penguin Book of the Renaissance

The Penguin Book of the Renaissance

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The society that produced the glories of Renaissance art was a multi-faceted one. on the one hand it produced the tender work of Giotto and the brilliance of Leonardo; on the other it encompassed the atrocities of Borgia, the fanaticism of Savonarola and the cynicism of Machiavelli. Civil disorder, political violence, religious discord and deep-seated corruption provided a setting in which genius flowered and where virtuosity originality and an explosive energy shone through in politics, in art, in thought and even in murder. Here, in this vivid survey, the whole sweep of renaissance achievement is brilliantly portrayed and analysed by Professor Plumb, assisted by a distinguished team of historians, including Kenneth Clark, Hugh Trevor-Roper, and Garrett Mattingly - and by over sixty illustrations of contemporary masterpieces.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 26mm | 381.02g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 60 b&w illustrations, index
  • 0141390948
  • 9780141390949

Author information

Distinguished Cambridge historian, Sir John Plumb's other books include WALPOLE, ENGLAND IN THE EIGHTEENTH (Vol. 7 in the Pelican History of England), CHATHAM and THE DEATH OF THE PAST and THE FIRST FOUR GEORGES which is also published in the Penguin Classic History series.show more

Table of contents

The dawn of the Renaissance; the prince and the state; Machiavelli, Garret Mattingly; the arts; the young Michelangelo, Kenneth Clark; Florence - cradle of humanism; Lorenzo de' Medici, Ralph Roeder; Milan - city of strife; Leonardo da Vinci, J. Bronowski; Rome - splendour and the Papacy; pope Pius II, Iris Origo; Venice - the golden years; Doge Francesco Foscari, H.R. Trevor-Roper; the images of man; Federigo da Montefeltro, Denis Mack Smith; the spread of the Renaissance.show more

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