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Storytelling in Christian art from Giotto to Donatello

Author: Jules Lubbock
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, ©2006.
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"Recounting the biblical stories through visual images was the most prestigious form of commission for a Renaissance artist. In this book, Jules Lubbock examines some of the most famous of these pictorial narratives by artists of the caliber of Giovanni Pisano, Duccio, Giotto, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio. He explains how these artists portrayed the major biblical events, such as: the Sacrifice of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jules Lubbock
ISBN: 0300120133 9780300120134 0300117272 9780300117271
OCLC Number: 62152898
Description: xiii, 353 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. 1298-1311 --
Divine and earthly justice in Duccio's Maestà --
Giotto : Scrovegni's Temple --
Giovanni Pisano's Pistoia pulpit --
The correct law : Giovanni Pisano's Pisa pulpit --
pt. II. 1401-1465 --
The second baptistery doors : Ghiberti and Brunelleschi --
Donatello's head of St. John and the invention of geometric perspective --
Masaccio's Brancacci Chapel frescoes --
Ghiberti's Gates of paradise --
Donatello's pulpits in San Lorenzo --
Conclusion : visible speech.
Responsibility: Jules Lubbock.
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Recounting the biblical stories through visual images was the most prestigious form of commission for a Renaissance artist. This book examines some of the most famous of these pictorial narratives.  Read more...

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