The Ugly Renaissance

ISBN: 9780385536592 Categorii: Diverse. An apariție: 2014 Autor: Alexander Lee Editură: Doubleday Books Tip copertă: Hardcover Număr pagini: 433 Stoc: La comandă

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Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images of an age of lofty ideals in which life imitated the fantastic artworks for which it has become famous. But behind the vast explosion of new art and culture lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity, and corruption that has more in common with the present day than anyone dares to admit. In this lively and meticulously researched portrait, Renaissance scholar Alexander Lee illuminates the dark and titillating contradictions that were hidden beneath the surface of the period’s best-known artworks. Rife with tales of scheming bankers, greedy politicians, sex-crazed priests, bloody rivalries, vicious intolerance, rampant disease, and lives of extravagance and excess, this gripping exploration of the underbelly of Renaissance Italy shows that, far from being the product of high-minded ideals, the sublime monuments of the Renaissance were created by flawed and tormented artists who lived in an ever-expanding world of inequality, dark sexuality, bigotry, and hatred. The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched journey through the surprising contradictions of Italy’s past and shows that were it not for the profusion of depravity and degradation, history’s greatest masterpieces might never have come into being.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Alexander Lee
Data Publicarii
2014
Editura
Doubleday Books
Inaltime
24.3
Latime
16.5
Grosime
3.5
Tip Coperta
Hardcover
Nr Pag
433
Subtitlu
Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty
Isbn 13
9780385536592
Cod
9780385536592
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