Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence David Franklin

Publication date:
31 Aug 2005
Yale University Press
380 pages: 305 x 241mm
132 b/w + 173 color illus.


The decades from 1500 to 1550 in Florence encompassed one of the most original and outstanding periods in the entire history of art. This gloriously illustrated book gathers and describes many of the beloved paintings, drawings, and sculptures created by the greatest masters of the period along with less familiar but equally beautiful and intriguing works. The contributors to the volume explore the masterpieces of Florence and challenge conventional interpretations of the evolution of this art.

The book outlines the historical context of the Florentine High Renaissance and then discusses  drawings, paintings, and sculpture in turn. Focusing on major artists and their contemporaries and allies, the authors demonstrate the great importance of drawing during this period and show that there was a consistency in the brand of creativity found in such artists as Michelangelo, Fiorentino, Cellini, and Bronzino. The authors question the relevance of terms like High Renaissance and Mannerism, and they contend that, contrary to commonly held assumptions, there was no strong stylistic division between art produced in Florence before and after the death of Raphael in 1520.

David Franklin is deputy director and chief curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. He is also the author of Rosso in Italy and Painting in Renaissance Florence, both published by Yale University Press.

. . . this book includes not only wonderfully rich [works] . . . but also places those works within a developing consistency of style. . ."—Virginia Quarterly Review