This is a must-have audiobook for art history lovers and students alike. Tom Nichols' Renaissance Art serves as a fundamental introduction to the values and developments of art in this time period. The audio is coherent and the scholarship engaging. Nichols provides the listener with the necessary context to make the information valuable and evocative. Paul English's narration contributes to the success of this audiobook. English's steadfast voice and enthusiastic inflections keep the listener engaged. Audiences will be delighted with Nichols' beautiful descriptions of work by famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Jan van Eyck.
The 15th century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European artistic culture. But what does the familiar phrase “Renaissance Art” actually refer to? Through engaging discussion of timeless works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, Tom Nichols offers a masterpiece of his own as he explores the truly original and diverse character of the art of the Renaissance.
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"Expertly informed and highly readable. Nichols provides the non-specialist with an in-depth analysis. By focusing on key masterpieces Nichols provides the non-specialist with an in-depth analysis... while also illuminatingly placing them within the wider context of Renaissance culture." (Peter Humfrey, Professor of Art History, University of St Andrews)
"An excellent introduction. The book is exceptionally informative...and articulated in a way that is remarkably fresh." (Malcolm Bull, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, The Courtauld Institute of Art)
"An excellent introduction to the art of the Renaissance. Nichols offers fresh insights and well-observed commentary on individual works and their place within the history of art." (Tania String, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, University of Bristol)
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
For anyone who wants to dip their toes into the world of art history, this deceptively short book is an excellent place to start. The author gives you a list of the artists and works that are referenced, and even if you are immediately familiar with them, it's helpful to have them in front of you. A quick online image search is all you'll need for each of these works. The cross-section of works used are by no means fully representational of the era, but they do help to illustrate the author's text. From there, history, technique, and personality of the artists unfold. Much like with many of the best overview books out there, this is one that - assuming the reader is engaged with the material - it'll leave behind a solid foundation and provide a springboard for the reader to take the next steps into that world.
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