Painting in Renaissance Florence, 1500-1550

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Art - 273 pages
"The book provides a detailed account of the critical period from about 1500 when Leonardo returned to Florence, to the publication in 1550 of Vasari's first edition of the Lives of the Artists. With penetrating analyses of careers, influences and specific paintings, Franklin isolates two main strands in Renaissance Florentine painting. He brings to light the passionate rivalry between a deeply localized attitude towards art exemplified by Michelangelo and Leonardo and climaxing in the work of Pontormo, and a style influenced by the Roman art of Raphael which Vasari tried with some success to import into Florence. For the former group, life drawing and expressive human form were at the heart of their enterprise, while for the latter, it was superficial narrative arranged for decorative effect.
 

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Franklin presents the many crosscurrents of painting active in Florence from 1500 to 1550, discussing 12 important artists (e.g., Perugino, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Fra Bartolomeo, and Andrea del Sarto ... Read full review

Contents

Leonardo da Vinci and the Origins of a New Style 1
41
Michelangelo the Florentine Painter
63
Fra Bartolomeo the School of San Marco
81
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio and the Retrospective Tradition
103
The Artist without errors
127
H The Critical Misfortunes of Franciabigio
153
y Rosso Fiorentino and the Rejection of Florence
173
The Last Painter of
191
The Lite of Giorgio Vasari Z2j
250
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Franklin is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Canada.

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