Flowers pop up everywhere in Renaissance art. Why are there pinks in a pot above a Crivelli Madonna, roses scattered across Botticelli's Primavera and columbines in the borders of many a fifteenth-century manuscript? This is the first book to explore how and why flowers feature so extensively in the extraordinary art of the Renaissance. Choosing twenty favourite plants, the author introduces each and then describes and illustrates a number of wonderful examples. The new naturalism in Renaissance art makes every one clearly identifiable but there is also still a reason and meaning behind each chosen flower. Even their names can be loaded with meaning and the attributes of these flowers were well known to their original audience. Today we need to have these things explained - whether the flower is in a Tudor portrait, a tapestry, a Leonardo, a piece of jewellery or even on a plate or spoon. These flowers were valued by everyone from emperors to needlewomen: this delightful and revelatory book seeks out these hidden treasures and provides an unrivalled exploration of their beauty and their significance.
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This study is pleasurable as it is full of insight.( Scotsman)
Today we need books like Fisher's to help us unlock the hidden messages behind the petals.( Plaza Watch)
Sumptuously illustrated, filled with fascinating details and esoteric information, this is a charming book for any garden, flower or art aficionado to dip into at leisure. A delight for anyone interested in the meaning of flowers in Renaissance art.( Cassone)
An accomplished art historian [Fisher] is particularly illuminating about the lesser flowers of Renaissance art: the colombines, poppies, peonies, stocks, strawberries, thistles, larkspurs, periwinkles and grasses which she ties together in unexpected ways.( Times Literary Supplement)
Editor's choice: The revelatory text and copious illustrations bring out an array of hidden treasures, whether in the grass at a saint's feet, on the sleeve of an Elizabethan lady, or inside the lid of a Florentine wedding chest, which shed a delighful new light on Renaissance art.( Good Book Guide)
An elegantly designed oversize volume generously illustrated with full-page Renaissance paintings and some textiles and tableware.( Book News)
In its well-focussed way this book provides an epic manner in which to learn about plants and gardens and, more importantly, gives a glimpse of how they connect to so much else.( Hortus) About the Author:
Celia Fisher is both an art historian and a plantswoman. At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she researched the uses of plants worldwide before going on to study at the Courtauld Institute. There she specialised in the history of plants in art. She now lectures and identifies flowers in artworks for galleries and art historians. Her articles have appeared in art and gardening journals, including Apollo, Country Life and Hortus and she has written Flowers in the National Gallery for London's National Gallery and Medieval Flowers for the British Library. Her main relaxation is gardening and her town garden has been open under the National Gardens Scheme. She lives in Kew, Surrey.
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Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0711230684