Renaissance

Renaissance

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After a thousand years of magic and mysticism, the Renaissance re-kindled the desire of mankind to understand themselves and the world around them.

This volume examines the Renaissance, its myths, its pioneers and its remarkable legacy.

The Renaissance was the time when the darkness of the Middle Ages was swept away by the light of rediscovered Greek and Roman art. Those who have had the pleasure of watching Graham-Dixon's A History of British Art on television and then reading his stimulating book are in for an even greater pleasure now.

Here he not only spells out, with lucidity and sparkle, what actually did happen in this seminal period, but also what did not. Graham-Dixon is a man born to contradict, and those who sometimes find themselves in disagreement will gain as much from this book as its converts.

Above all, it expands our mental horizons, forcing us to look more closely at what we may have taken for granted, coaxing us into a deeper understanding of art we thought we already appreciated well enough, setting well-loved masterpieces in their historical contexts