From Heaven to Arcadia
The Sacred and the Profane in the Renaissance
By (author) Ingrid D. Rowland
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From Heaven to Arcadia by Ingrid D. Rowland
Book DescriptionFrom the revelations of classical statuary pulled from the Roman soil as the popes began rebuilding the city in the fifteenth century, to the myth of serenity that Venice constructed to conceal its physical and political fragility, to bloody yet cultured Florence under the Medici, Ingrid D. Rowland traces the worldly, unworldly, and otherworldly strivings of artists, writers, popes, and politicians during that great "outburst of mental energy" we know as the Renaissance. Here are Botticelli, whose illustrations for the Divine Comedy reveal him to be one of Dante's most careful readers; the multifaceted genius of Leonardo; the mastery of Titian and the brilliance of artists like Correggio and Caravaggio; the enigmatic erotic novel Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the decoding of which was the subject of the recent novel The Rule of Four; the Western fascination with Egypt; and the spiritual ferment of late Byzantium, which as it collapsed passed on so many ideas to Renaissance Italy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781590172957
(210mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: NYRB Collections
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ingrid D. Rowland
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The calamity that proved lethal for Pompeii inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman daily life that has captured the imagination of generations, including Renoir, Freud, Hirohito, Mozart, Dickens, Twain, Rossellini, and Ingrid Bergman. Interwoven is the thread of Rowland s own impressions of Pompeii."
Giordano Bruno, Paperback (September 2009)
Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) is one of the great figures of early modern Europe, and one of the least understood. This biography establishes him once and for all as a peer of Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Galileo - a thinker whose vision of the world prefigures ours.
Scarith of Scornello, Paperback (November 2005)
Traces the career of the young scam artist Curzio Inghirami whose "findings" reached the Vatican shortly after Galileo was condemned by the inquisition, inspiring participants on both sides of the affair to clash again - this time over Etruscan history. Written with humor and energy the author tells about Curzio's far-reaching pranks.
Vitruvius: 'Ten Books on Architecture', Paperback (January 2001)» View all books by Ingrid D. Rowland
A new, critical edition of Vitruvius' Ten Books of Architecture.
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Author Biography - Ingrid D. Rowland
Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance, The Scarith of Scornello, and a translation of Vitruvius' Ten Books of Architecture. Her latest books are a biography of Giordano Bruno and a translation of Bruno's dialogue On the Heroic Frenzies.
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