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216 × 138 × 25 mm
288 pages
70 illustrations, 60 in colour
12 Aug 2019
Renaissance Lives

Donatello and the Dawn of Renaissance Art A. Victor Coonin

The Italian sculptor known as Donatello helped to forge a new kind of art – one that defines the Renaissance. His work was progressive, innovative, challenging and even controversial. Using a variety of novel sculptural techniques and perspectives, Donatello depicted human sexuality, violence, spirituality and beauty. But to really understand Donatello one needs to understand a changing world, a transition from Medieval to Renaissance and to an art more personal and part of the modern self. Donatello was not just a man of his times, he helped create the spirit of the times he lived in, and those to come.

In this beautifully illustrated book, the first monograph on Donatello for 25 years, A. Victor Coonin describes the full extent of Donatello’s revolutionary contribution and shows how his work heralded the emergence of modern art.

‘Readable and engaging . . . Donatello was amazingly versatile and constantly in demand, engaging in multiple projects, often simultaneously. An inventive sculptor, he worked in almost every conceivable medium — stucco, terra-cotta, and cartapesta as well as bronze, marble, and wood. In addition he was a colorful, witty character, and his eccentric behavior is preserved in anecdote. Coonin makes good use of this material to breathe fresh life into the art and biography of a supremely important genius who exerted a powerful influence on many subsequent artists, including Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, Rodin, and Brancusi. Deftly weaving together history, anecdote, accounts of patronage, and sensitive descriptions of works of art, this accessible treatment is illustrated with 76 color plates. Highly recommended.’ — Choice

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A. Victor Coonin is a leading historian, critic and reviewer of Renaissance Art. He is the author and editor of numerous books on the subject, including From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David (2014), and has taught at Rhodes College since 1995. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Introduction: A Note to Readers

1 Artistic Formation
2 The Business of Art
3 Adorning the City of Florence
4 The Paduan Journey
5 Homecoming

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