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The ugly Renaissance

Author: Alexander Lee, (Historian)
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images of an age of lofty ideals in which life imitated the fantastic artworks for which it has become famous. But behind the vast explosion of new art and culture lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity, and corruption  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Lee, (Historian)
ISBN: 9780091944346 0091944341
OCLC Number: 829960877
Notes: Subtitle from dust jacket.
Description: xiv, 592 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : between heaven and earth --
I. The world of the Renaissance artist. Michelangelo's nose --
In Peter's shadow --
What David saw --
The workshop of the world --
Michelangelo in love --
II. The world of the Renaissance patron. The art of power --
The men with the Midas touch --
Mercenaries and madmen --
The unholy city --
III. The Renaissance and the world. Filippo and the pirates --
Salomone's crime --
The rising crescent --
Of human bondage --
Brave new worlds --
Epilogue : the window and the mirror.
Other Titles: Sex, disease and excess in an age of beauty
Responsibility: Alexander Lee.

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Renowned as an age of artistic rebirth, the Renaissance is cloaked with an aura of beauty and brilliance. But behind the Mona Lisa's smile lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity  Read more...

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"Fascinating ... explores the dualities of creative brilliance and human baseness with a mastery of sources and a popular touch that vividly brings the whole period to life." Spectator "Effortlessly Read more...

 
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