The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Hartt, Frederick - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Renaissance in Italy and Spain

  • Introduction by Frederick Hartt
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Toward the middle of the 13th century, a revolution in perception and expression occurred in southern Europe. Philosophy and art, which for centuries had been preoccupied by the mysteries of the Christian faith, began to turn to the beauties of life on earth. Faith, of course, remained firm, and thinkers and artists still took their themes from the Old and New Testaments and the writings of the Church Fathers. But as men and women began to ponder not the next life, but this one, the manner of artistic expression came to reflect this new attention to the form of man himself and the appearance of his physical environment.

The Renaissance in Italy and Spain presents the full range of artistic endeavor from the first awakenings of the Renaissance spirit in the works of Berlinghiero, Giotto, and Pisano, to the climactic creations of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo. Titian, and Veronese---the masters of the High Renaissance. The artists of Italy and Spain worked in every medium, all of which are represented in this volume: paintings, drawings, and prints; sculpture in stone, wood, and terracotta; glass, metal, and porcelain; furniture and musical instruments; costumes and armor.

(This title was originally published in 1988/89.)