A General Bibliography for Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

For your general delectation and future reference, here is a brief list of some of the basic sources for Italian Renaissance art and architecture. Even the general literature is vast in number and subject, so use the titles below as the beginnings of more extensive browsing. Please remember that there is also a Bibliography page attached to almost every one of the online Lives of Giorgio Vasari.




Use the third edition of 1985, for it has a section on "recent" scholarly work. While this is somewhat behind the times, 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.

While much of this is outdated, it still includes useful material, including some artists Pope-Hennessy doesn't discuss and relevant bibliography.

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


City/Regional/Thematic Treatments

(Above Left) Detail, Luca della Robbia, the Cantoria, 1431-1438.

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