This book unfurls the variety of the Italian Renaissance before your eyesand conveys in-depth understanding of the most important areas of art andarchitecture. It is a comprehensive overview of one of the most importantepochs in the history of European art. The authors' diverse viewpointscomplement each other and provide a complex picture of the ItalianRenaissance. It describes the development of Renaissance architecture,sculpture, painting, and drawing and their characteristics. The ItalianRenaissance is among the most glamorous epochs of European art. Arthistorians as well as a wide public are fascinated by three centuries ofexceptionally prolific artistic creation that produced works ofinternational fame such as Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel.The cityscapes of the great centres of that time would be vastly differentwithout their Renaissance architecture - cities like Florence, Rome, andVenice are veritable museums of an epoch whose art remains vital andinfluential even today. Impressive illustrations of works from every branchof the fine arts feature prominently in this book, which not onlycompetently explains various aspects of Renaissance art, but also invitesreaders to observe them closely with its fabulous pictures.