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Description - Secret Language of the Renaissance by Richard Stemp

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844839377
ISBN-10: 1844839370
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Watkins Publishing
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Stemp

Richard Stemp lectures at the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. He wrote and presented the TV series "Art in the National Gallery" for Channel 4.

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