Art and Love in Renaissance Italy Andrea Bayer, Andrea Bayer, Beverly Louise Brown, Nancy Edwards, Everett Fahy, Deborah L. Krohn, Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Luke Syson, Dora Thornton, James Grantham Turner, Linda Wolk-Simon

Publication date:
28 Nov 2008
Metropolitan Museum of Art
392 pages: 305 x 229mm
75 b-w + 300 color illus.

Many famous Italian Renaissance artworks were made to celebrate love and marriage. They were the pinnacles of a tradition, dating from the early Renaissance, of commemorating betrothal, marriage, and the birth of a child by commissioning extraordinary objects or exchanging them as gifts.

This important volume is the first to examine the entire range of works to which Renaissance rituals of love and marriage gave rise and makes a major contribution to our understanding of Renaissance art in its broader cultural context. Some 140 works of art, dating from about 1400 to 1600, are discussed by a distinguished group of scholars and are reproduced in full color.Marriage and childbirth gifts are the point of departure. These range from maiolica, glassware, and jewelery to birth trays, musical instruments, and nuptial portraits. Bonds of love of another sort were represented in erotic drawings and prints. From these precedents, an increasingly inventive approach to subjects of love and marriage culminated in paintings by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, including Giulio Romano and Lorenzo Lotto as well as Titian.

Andrea Bayer is Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"A major contribution to our understanding of Renaissance art in its broader culturual context...A must-have for anyone interested in Renaissance art and private life." -Katherine A. McIver, Renaissance Quarterly