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  • Print publication year: 1957
  • Online publication date: March 2008

1 - Italy

from VI - The arts in Western Europe
The period of Italian art with which these pages are concerned is usually called 'High Renaissance'. Renaissance architects freely reinterpreted the classical grammar. If Renaissance architecture combines antique, Early Christian, medieval and Byzantine elements, and if buildings of the period under review show little similarity to the architecture of ancient Rome, Renaissance architects could still rightly claim that they revived the ancient manner of building. Architectural theory of the Renaissance was much concerned with the internal organisation of palaces, the arrangement, size, proportions and decorations of rooms. The development of sculpture and painting follows a parallel course to that of architecture. Connection between architecture and sculpture was not discontinued during the Renaissance, but it differed from the Gothic method of subordinating sculpture to architecture. The history of Bible exegesis from Early Christian times onwards shows that the literal reading of the scriptures must be supplemented by sym.
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The New Cambridge Modern History
  • Volume 1: The Renaissance, 1493–1520
  • Edited by G. R. Potter
  • Online ISBN: 9781139055765
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