An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence

By | January 6, 2018
An Art Lover's Guide to Florence Author Judith Testa
ISBN-10 0875806805
ISBN-13 9780875806808
Year 2012-09-15
Pages 306
Language English
Publisher Northern Illinois University Press
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No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time The sheer number and proximity of works of painting sculpture and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal While most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works with little discussion of the historical background Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance in An Art Lovers Guide to Florence Concentrating on a number of the greatest works by such masters as Botticelli and Michelangelo Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom theymade it deftly treating the complex interplay of politics sex and religion that were involved in the creation of those works With Testa as a guide armchair travelers and tourists alike will delight in the fascinating world of Florentine art and history

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