This is a selection of titles I believe to be most useful and significant for your use in this course. It is not meant to be exhaustive and it does not include articles. Your paper should, when appropriate, show knowledge of certain of these works.
Here is the link to the Richter Library selection of reserve titles for this class.
- Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. New York, 2005. Richter Reference N7476 .B37 2005,
There are earlier editions in the stacks; you don't really have to have the latest one. There are other titles in the same vein that may be available in bookstores.
- Clark, Kenneth. The art of humanism. New York : Harper & Row, 1983. ND615.H8 C4 1983
- Cole, Bruce. Italian art, 1250-1550 : the relation of Renaissance art to life and society. New York : Harper & Row, c1987. N6915 .C6 1987
- Cole, Bruce. Masaccio and the art of early Renaissance Florence. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1980. N6921.F7 C64
- Cole, Bruce. The Renaissance Artist at Work. New York, 1983. N6370 .C56 1983
- Gombrich, E. H. Norm and Form. London. Mostly 16th-century topics, but includes the classic "The Early Medici as Patrons of Art". N6915 .G6 1978 Should be on reserve.
- Hale, J. R., ed. The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance. T & H, 1985. Not held by UM, requested.
If you can find this (amazon, etc), this is a very useful small book with entries on a wide variety of topics in art, culture, history, political science, etc, relating to the Italian Renaissance.
- Hutton, Edward. Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa 2nd ed., London, 1907/1908. A Project Gutenberg EBook. This is an online, exact reproduction of one of the many glossy educated layperson's books on Italy published in the glory days before the First World War.
- Michael Levey. Early Renaissance. London, 1967. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1967. N6370 .L4
- Michael Levey. High Renaissance. London, 1975. Harmondsworth ; Baltimore [etc.] : Penguin, 1975. N6374 .L48.
- Ahl, Diane Cole, ed. The Cambridge companion to Masaccio. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. ND623.M43 C36 2002
- Goffen, Rona. Giovanni Bellini. New Haven, 1989. ND623.B39 G64 1989 oversize
- Goffen, Rona. Masaccio's Trinity. Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1998 ND623.M43 A74 1998
- Horster, Marita. Andrea del Castagno : complete edition with a critical catalogue. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1980, ND623.C47 H6
- Ronald Lightbown. Piero della Francesca. New York : Abbeville Press, c1992. ND623.P548 L54 1992 (Architecture Lib.)
- Lightbown, R. W. Sandro Botticelli. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1989. ND623.B7 L53 1989 oversize.
- Wood, Jeryldene M., ed. The Cambridge companion to Piero della Francesca. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002 ND623.F78 C26 2002
- Coffin, David R. The Villa in the life of Renaissance Rome. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1979. N25 .P7 vol. 43
- Heydenreich, Ludwig. Architecture in Italy, 1400-1500. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1996. NA1115 .H49 1996
Not as useful as it could have been--for bizarre legal reasons the text could only be updated with a short preliminary chapter, rather than truly revised. However, the new large format with the excellent illustrations is some compensation.
- Howard, Deborah. The Architectural History of Venice. Rev. & enlarged ed., New Haven, 2004. NA1121.V4 H68 2002
- King, Ross. Brunelleschi's Dome. 2000 NA5621.F7 K56 2000
A popular treatment of the great project.
- Ralph Lieberman. Renaissance Architecture in Venice. London, 1982. NA1121.V4 L53 1982
Beautifully done by an art historian who is also a professional photographer.Lillie, Amanda. Florentine villas in the fifteenth century : an architectural and social history. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005. NA7594 .L55 2005
- Peter Murray. Renaissance Architecture. New York, 1971. NA510 .M87
- Wolfgang Lotz. Studies in Italian Renaissance Architecture. NA1115 .L67
A collection of some of Lotz's shorter articles. Includes basic studies such as "Notes on the Centralized Church of the Renaissance."
- Rudolf Wittkower. Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism. London, 1962.
- Brown, Patricia Fortini. Art and Life in Renaissance Venice. New York, 1997. N6921.V5 B75 1997.
- Loren Partridge. The Art of Renaissance Rome, 1400-1600. New York, 1997. N6920 .P38 1996.
- A. Richard Turner. Renaissance Florence: the Invention of a New Art. New York, 1997. N6921.F7 T83 1997.
These three are all from the same "Perspectives" series.
- Argan, Giulio Carlo. The Renaissance City. New York, 1969. An introduction to ideas about urban design in the Italian Renaissance.
- Cheles, Luciano. The Studiolo of Urbino: an iconographic investigation. University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1986. ND2757.U73 C5 1986
- Smith, Christine. Architecture in the culture of early humanism: ethics, aesthetics, and eloquence 1400-1470. New York : Oxford University Press, 1992. NA510 .S65 1992
Again, this selection is not meant to be exhaustive, but to show you some of the most important studies on sculpture.
- Charles Avery. Florentine Renaissance Sculpture. London, 1970; 1987.
A good handbook for Florence; moving from the Pisani to Mannerism and the Late Renaissance.
- Bennett, Bonnie A. & David G. Wilkins. Donatello. Mt. Kisco, N.Y. : Moyer Bell, 1984. NB623.D7 B38 1984a
- Butterfield, Andrew. The sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio. New Haven : Yale University Press, c1997. NB623.V5 B88 1997
- Carl, Doris. Benedetto da Maiano : a Florentine sculptor at the threshold of the high Renaissance. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006. NB623.B45 C37 2006 2 vols.
- Covi, Dario. Andrea del Verrocchio : life and work. Firenze : Olschki, 2005. Not held by UM.
- Greenhalgh, Michael. Donatello and his sources. New York : Holmes & Meier, 1982
- Hartt, Frederick, Gino Corti [and] Clarence Kennedy. The Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal, 1434-1459, at San Miniato in Florence. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press . Oversize, NA5621 .F8H3
- Lightbown, R. W. Donatello & Michelozzo : an artistic partnership and its patrons in the early Renaissance. London : H. Miller; Philadelphia, PA 1980. NB623.D7 L53 2 vols.
- McHam, Sarah Blake. Looking at Italian Rennaisance sculpture. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. NB615 .L66 1998.
A collection of essays by different authors.
- Olson, Roberta J. M. Italian Renaissance sculpture. New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, c1992. NB615 .O56 1992.
Handy short one-volume overview of 15th- and 16th-century sculpture.
- Pope-Hennessy, John. An introduction to Italian sculpture / John Pope-Hennessy. London : Phaidon Press, 1996. NB614 .P6 1996 3 vols. (the 1984 edition is just as good)
The basic text on the subject.
- Pope-Hennessy, John. The study and criticism of Italian sculpture. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980. NB616 .P66.
A collection of some of his essays on the subject.
- Pope-Hennessy, John. Essays on Italian sculpture. Phaidon, 1968. Not held by UM; requested purchase.
- Seymour, Charles. Sculpture in Italy: 1400-1500. Harmondsworth [England] Baltimore, Penguin Books, 1966. NB615 .S45 1966
- Seymour, Charles. The sculpture of Verrocchio. Greenwich, Conn., New York Graphic Society  NB623.V5 S48 1971b