A General Bibliography for Italian Renaissance Sculpture


For use in your papers, and for general delectation, here is a list of some of the basic sources for Italian Renaissance Sculpture. Many more titles are on reserve in the Art Library in Lawrence Hall. Remember that studies of a specific artist are attached to the Website for the Life by Vasari. You will want to do online or CD-ROM searches in ArtIndex and BHA in order to find more information, but you should not pass by the relevant titles below as you begin your project or explorations. Finally, note that Art History is not Chemistry or Computer Science; older studies are frequently still very valuable.

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  1. Italian Gothic Sculpture.
  2. Italian Renaissance Sculpture.
  3. Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture.

Use the third edition of 1985, for it has a section on "recent" scholarly work. While this is now somewhat dated, it has the advantage of including the considerations on subsequent studies by the man considered to have been perhaps the most influential of Italian Renaissance scholars of the second half of this century. Note that these volumes generally cover the scope of our course. All are on reserve in the Art Library.

While much of this is outdated, it still includes useful material, including some artists Pope-Hennessy doesn't discuss and relevant bibliography.

Need some context? These are the main survey texts on Italian Renaissance art history. All are available in the Art Library.

Extremely useful guide to older material in this period and geographic location.

  • Roberta J. M. Olson. Italian Renaissance Sculpture. 1992. A small, well-illustrated paperback; an overview to be used in combination with specialized studies.

    A good handbook for Florence; moving from the Pisani to Mannerism and the Late Renaissance.

    Who owned what, when they bought/stole/discovered it, and its use by and influence on artists.

    (Above) Andrea Della Robbia.  Portrait of a Man, perhaps
    S. Ansano. ca. 1500.
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