Medieval and Renaissance Art Books Round-Up

Yale has a visual feast of medieval and renaissance art books that would make perfect Christmas gifts! They include: a comprehensive account of one of England’s greatest medieval treasures in The Wilton Diptych; a witty, entertaining and profound look at Ovid and the Metamorphoses of Modern Art From Botticelli to Picasso; cherished paintings slipped between the pages of medieval prayer books in Postcards on Parchment; poetic artworks made for elite female monastic communities In the Courts of Religious Ladies and fascinating insights into The Miraculous Image in Renaissance Florence. Beautifully illustrated and illuminating, The Making of Assisi casts new light on the frescoes in the Basilica of San Francesco, Visions of Paradise showcases Francesco Botticini’s stunning Palmieri Altarpiece and Painted Glories focuses on the intrigue, characters and history of the Brancacci Chapel frescoes. Enjoy!


Medieval Art Books


 

In a delightful study, Kathryn Rudy identifies a new category of imagery, shows how these intriguing pictures were traded and cherished and sheds light on medieval everyday life.

‘A must for history lovers, but will be enjoyed by all who turn its glorious pages, with some unforgettable illustrations.’ – Bill Spence, Yorkshire Gazette & Herald 

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In the Courts of Religious LadiesIn the Courts of Religious Ladies

This fascinating study, which considers the poetic and mythological artworks made for elite female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy, reveals a thriving visual culture that ecclesiastical authorities tried to suppress.


The Wilton DiptychThe Wilton Diptych

This comprehensive account of one of England’s greatest medieval treasures draws on recent research into this beautiful, enigmatic 14th-century painting and includes newly commissioned photography.

Published by The National Gallery, London


Visions of Paradise Visions of Paradise

This book showcases new scholarly and technical research on Francesco Botticini’s widely debated, monumental Palmieri Altarpiece depicting the Assumption of the Virgin.

Published by The National Gallery, London


The Miraculous Image in Renaissance FlorenceThe Miraculous Image in Renaissance Florence

Generously illustrated, this comprehensive study of sacred images in Renaissance Florence, and the cults that formed around them, positions these works within the larger art-historical account of the period.

The Miraculous Image in Renaissance Florence … is the fruit of long, sustained and carefully considered research.’ – Richard Cork, Apollo

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The Making of AssisiThe Making of Assisi

The Making of Assisi explores the intellectual and iconographic scope of the Basilica’s frescoes and the powerful links between Assisi and Rome forged by the papacy of Nicholas IV.

‘[A] lavishly illustrated and thought-provoking work of exemplary and accessible scholarship.’ 
– Peter Stanford, Daily Telegraph

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Ovid and The Metamorphoses of Modern ArtOvid & the Metamorphoses of Modern Art From Botticelli to Picasso

Written in the spirit of Ovid, this lively and erudite book traces the art derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses from the Renaissance up to the present day.

‘As Barolsky takes his reader through his Ovidian story of (mostly) visual responses to the Metamorphoses, he takes on his subjects’ narrative style, weaving different narrative threads through the book.’ – Sophie Schoess, Art Newspaper


Painted GloriesPainted Glories

Set amidst the tumultuous state of 15th-century Tuscan politics, medieval culture and rivalling art patronage, Painted Glories recounts the story of the Brancacci Chapel frescoes, unparalleled masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance art.

‘In the age of the blockbuster exhibition here is a vivid reminder that there is nothing to rival the pleasure of seeing great art within its proper context.’ — Honor Clerk, Spectator


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