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Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting  
By David Alan Brown and Sylvia Ferino-Pagden
Illustrated. 336 pp.
Yale University Press. US$70.00
ISBN: 0300116772

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting was published as the catalog and accompaniment for the impressive exhibition of Venetian works jointly displayed by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The book presents these classical works of art in astonishing detail and vivid color. For those art lovers who were not fortunate enough to see the original artwork on exhibit, this book presents the opportunity to "collect," study, and enjoy these paintings from one of the most innovative and creative periods in Italian art.

The book, which contains 31 halftones and 162 color illustrations, covers the time period of the Venetian Renaissance, from 1500 to 1530. Although the Venetian Renaissance occurred at the same time as the Italian High Renaissance in art, there are distinctive differences between the work of Venetian artists and those of the Italian High Renaissance. Most notably, artists in Venice were informed by a sensibility that was sensuous and emotional, whereas Italian Renaissance artists were generally more intellectual in their pursuit. In addition, the paintings of Venetian artists were influenced by the quality of light in Venice, the chiaroscuro of shadow and reflection for which the city is famed. The result is a collection of paintings known for their sublime beauty, their appreciation of color and form, and their focus on human rather than religious values.

In addition to paintings of stunning beauty, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting includes a thematic exploration of the prominent movements of the time, focusing on pastoralism, the female nude, romanticism, love, and time. The essays in this book are not restricted to painting alone. Explorations of developments in music, glassmaking, and cloth dying contribute to the reader's understanding of the outlook of that time and place.

Of particular value to art students is the inclusion of close-up shots revealing the extraordinary detail in the works, as well as prints of x-rays of the works and information on the technical aspects of the paintings. This is a beautiful book that will be a valued and appreciated addition to the collection of art aficionados and students alike.

The authors are both Italian Renaissance art curators. David Alan Brown is the curator of Italian painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Sylvia Ferino-Pagden is curator of Italian Renaissance painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Deborah Howard, head of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge. Peter Humfrey, professor at the School of Art History at the University of St. Andrews, and Mauro Lucco, professor at the Università degli Studi di Bologna all also contributed to this work.

Sylvia Breau, for Notable Book Reviews
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