ANCIENT ART SOURCES FOR THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
A BRIEF BIBLIOGRAPHY
This is a basic collection of titles. Be sure to check Art Index, BHA,
and the other usual sources for newer titles.
- Census of Antique Works of Art and
Architecture Known in the Renaissance "...an interdisciplinary research database containing
documentation centering on the reception of antiquity, a focus of Renaissance studies."
- Patricia Fortini Brown. Venice and Antiquity. New Haven and
- Gianfranco Paci and Sergio Sconocchia, ed.s. Ciriaco d'Ancona e la
cultura antiquaria dell'Umanesimo: Atti del convegno internazionale di
studio. Reggio Emilia, 1998.
- Michael Greenhalgh. The Survival of Roman Antiquities in the Middle
Ages. London, 1989.
- Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny. Taste and the Antique: the
Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900. New Haven and London, 1981.
This is the classic book on the subject.
- Ruth Rubenstein and Phyllis Pray Bober. Renaissance Artists and
Antique Sculpture : a Handbook of Sources. London and New York,
1986. Exactly what it says. Organized by ancient subject, with
information on discovery, provenance, and use as a source in the
Renaissance. This also has an extensive bibliography. [2003: a revised
version is supposed to come out this year.]
There are other books on this subject, but the above should get you
started. Note also that there are many, many articles devoted to the
survival and use of ancient art in the Italian Renaissance and the
Baroque; you are urged to search the online source BHA
(Bibliography of the History of Art.
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