The Italian Renaissance is among the most glamorous epochs of European art. Art historians as well as a wide public are fascinated by three centuries of exceptionally prolific artistic creation that produced works of international fame such as Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel. For this work, editor Rolf Toman gathered a team of eight renowned authors with profound expertise in the fields of architecture and art history to work with him. Taken as a whole, their contributions give us a multifaceted picture of Renaissance art in all its forms.
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