Painting in Renaissance Venice

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The paintings produced in Venice during the Renaissance include some of the most visually exciting works in the whole of Western art. This handsome book surveys painting in Renaissance Venice from Bellini to Titian to Tintoretto and sets the art against the political, social, and religious currents of the time.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (January 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300067151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300067156
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Excellent clearly written survey of Venetian Painting

 on August 21, 2017
By J. Balgley
This is an excellent clearly written survey that has color plates to illustrate everything that is discussed. I read this independently while taking course on Venetian Art. I found it succinctly put things in focus and provided interesting information about Venetian painting not covered by the lectures. It is pleasure to read – if you are truly interested in the subject – it is very straight forward and never gets bogged down in arcane details.

Readable and very good on technical matters

 on August 28, 2017
By Amazon Customer
This is quite a thorough guide to painting and the major painters of the period. Readable and very good on technical matters. Highly recommended.

A Good Overview

9 people found this helpful.
 on February 14, 2013
This book is a short but reasonably detailed survey of the greatest age of painting in Venice (roughly the second half of the fifteenth through the end of the sixteenth century). Peter Humfreys, one of the leading contemporary experts on this period, traces the emergence of the distinctive Venetian approach to painting that focuses on colorito (the use of color and shading) rather than disegno (conception, design) associated with Florentine practice. The introduction offers a useful overview of Venetian history and social structure. The first chapter covers the shift in the second half of the fifteenth century from gothic painting to the early work of the members of the Bellini family; it also explains the functions of narrative, devotional and portrait painting in the Republic. The second chapter discusses the work of Giorgione and early and middle Titian; the third covers later Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and other artists of the late Venetian Renaissance. The book concludes with brief biographies of the artists and a good bibliography.

A great book to make the second step in your studies.

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2012
By Alexander Suraev
It’s a great midway book to read when you have already sampled the facts and images of the Venetian Renaissance painting and need to organize these in a system, mentally. After finishing it you can go deeper into the material and proceed with the studies – or just rest assured you have this area of art covered and see a coherent picture of who is who and what is what.

Well written and easy to comprehend

One person found this helpful.
 on September 7, 2016
By Graytop
Very insightful introduction to the period and it’s pivotal contributions to Renaissance art. The author has a thorough knowledge of the artists and the critical relationship of their works to the development of Western art. Well written and easy to comprehend. Highly recommended.


6 people found this helpful.
 on December 3, 2011
By Richard Glenister
Painting in Renaissance Venice by Peter Humfrey is more than a book, it is an art collection in 300 pages. Someone called this book HANDSOME but that does not do it justice. It is DAZZLING. It is one of the best valued books available from Amazon. High quality production indeed. It is described as a paperback but this is misleading. The cover and pages are of high quality shiny smooth material.

Good Service

 on May 15, 2015
By Seven Hills
Book arrived in excellent condition as described.

A wonderful guide to Venice Art of the Renaissance period.

One person found this helpful.
 on December 29, 2014
By Paulo Guilherme Hostin Sämy
The best guide to taste and digest Venetian Renaissance Art, mainly, if you are going to visit the City. Most of the mentionned works are still there, as a vivid museum you can share.

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