Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2009
CD ISBN 9789626349793 $14.98 One CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
The information comes so fast that this audiobook may require a second listen. The author looks at the Italian Renaissance (1400-1550), mainly via the rebirth that occurred in painting. He discusses the refinements the artists of the period made in perspective, color, and realism, showing the explosion of talent not realized since. He considers the growth of sculpture and music at the same time and gives appropriate weight to the spread of knowledge by the printing press, invented and popularized around the 1450s. The author/narrator laudably pronounces the Italian and French the names of the dozens of artists mentioned. Whitfield's native British English is understandable to American listeners, but the examples he cites of artistic techniques remain obtuse without exemplary images. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2010]
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