Storytelling in Christian Art from Giotto to Donatello by Jules Lubbock

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Storytelling in Christian Art from Giotto to Donatello by Jules Lubbock

4to. pp. xiii, 353. profusely illustrated in colour & b/w. bibliography. index. hardcover. dw. (near fine - short tear to half-title page, some light surface scratches & scuffing to back cover). New Haven: Yale University Press. [2006].

ISBN 10: 0300117272 / ISBN 13: 9780300117271


Recounting the biblical stories through visual images was the most prestigious form of commission for a Renaissance artist. In this book, Jules Lubbock examines some of the most famous of these pictorial narratives by artists of the caliber of Giovanni Pisano, Duccio, Giotto, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio. He explains how these artists portrayed the major biblical events, such as: the Sacrifice of Isaac, the Annunciation, the Feast of Herod and the Trial and Passion of Jesus, so as to be easily recognizable and, at the same time, to capture our attention and imagination for long enough to enable us to search for deeper meanings. He provides evidence showing that the Church favoured the production of images that lent themselves to being read and interpreted in this way, and he describes the works themselves to demonstrate how the pleasurable activity of deciphering these meanings can work in practice. This fascinating book is richly illustrated, and many of it's photographs have been specially taken to show how the paintings and relief sculptures appear in the settings, for which they were originally designed.