Item description for Devils in Art: Florence from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance by Lorenzo Lorenzi...
Florence has one remarkable distinction, apart from the honour of having given birth to the Renaissance. It has the largest and most terrible image of Satan in all of Europe. First published in 1997, this book has had several reprints due the success which it goes on having, so much so that it is now being reprinted for the 4th time in an updated and improved edition with new photos to further illustrate the fascinating image of a character ever present in Italian paintings. This books considers the meaning and the evolution of the Devil in Medieval and Renaissance Art in Florence, and by means of a careful analysis of the surviving works of art of the period, it pays attention to the least significant artefacts as well as to pictorial works of great importance and beauty.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.61" Width: 6.93" Height: 0.71" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 25, 2006
Publisher Centro Di
ISBN 8870384381 ISBN13 9788870384383
Reviews - What do customers think about Devils in Art: Florence from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance?
Fascinating Nov 6, 2002
I travel in Europe a lot, and while I am not a student of theology or religious art, I find both very interesting. I have always found the art regarding the devil to be some of the most heartfelt, visceral work, and I was excited to find this book. It lived up to my expectations, with beautiful pictures and a deep, well-reasoned analysis of the symbolism involved that took into account the conditions and beliefs of the times. I found myself involved and interested, and was well-educated by the time I was done with it. However, I wasn't finished with it at the end; I had to give up early. This is because near the end, Lorenzi goes into the devil in goldsmithing. While this was another prominent religious artform, it became too technical, with too many names and periods to keep track of. If it hadn't been for this last section, the book would have recieved five stars from me. The book is still a fascinating read, and well worth your money. There aren't many books to be found that focus so effectively on the devil in art, and this is a good one.
A brief, interesting look at devils in Florentine art Jan 7, 2002
This book struck me as an interesting thing to read when I was recently discovering the beautiful city of Firenze for the first time. I appreciated the biblical and social aspects of this non-fiction approach at devils and demons. I, also, not being a student of theology, found myself learning more about the history of the old testament of the bible while I read over the book. It kept me (an avid fan of FICTION.. ) attentive... I read the book in about two hours. If you are interested in the history of Florence, as well as Brunelleschi and other Florentine artists and architechts, I recommend this book. It is also a good read for people interested in devils, witchcraft, etc.