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Description - From Heaven to Arcadia by Ingrid D. Rowland

From 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 Details

ISBN: 9781590172957
ISBN-10: 1590172957
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 324
Imprint: NYRB Collections
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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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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