The secret language of the Renaissance - Richard Stemp

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Title
The secret language of the Renaissance - decoding the hidden symbolism of Italian art
Author
Richard Stemp
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Watkins Publishing
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20180724

An illustrated key to unlocking the mysteries of paintings, sculpture and architecture by the great Italian masters, this book also provides fresh insight into the currents of Renaissance thought, from humanism to myticism to religious reform.

We may never know what the Mona Lisa is really smiling about, but we do know that there's much more to the masterpieces of Renaissance art than the beauty that meets the eye. There are layers of significance hidden below the surface of the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Donatello, Michelangelo and many others. This magnificently illustrated guide by expert art historian, Richard Stemp, gives you the key to unlock those secrets for yourself.

Split into three parts, Part One is a vivid immersion into the culture of this remarkable period, tracing the profusion of innovations in literature, painting, sculpture and the decorative arts that date to this time.
Part Two offers a wide-ranging guide to the essential elements of symbolic language in Renaissance art, including colour, geometry, light and shade, proportion, perspective and body language. In Part Three, the heart of the book, Richard Stemp analyzes more than 40 works grouped around a dozen themes, including mythology, war and peace, and death and eternity.
Each work is shown in full colour and each is then deconstructed to reveal the symbols it contains and the enigmatic meanings behind them.

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Richard Stemp studied Natural Sciences and History of Art a the University of Cambridge and has a Ph.D in Italian Renaissance sculpture.
After a year at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, he now divides his time between art history and acting.

Type
BOOK
Edition
Revised Edition
Keyword Index
Symbolism in art - Italy - History - To 1500.|Symbolism in art - Italy - History - 16th century.|Art, Renaissance - Italy.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
224

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