By Malcolm Bull
Perhaps the one such a lot innovative point of the Renaissance was once the re-emergence of the gods and goddesses of antiquity. in the course of Christian Europe, artists started to beautify luxurious items with scandalous tales from classical mythology, and rulers to spot themselves with the deities of historical faith. The ensuing fusion of erotic myth and political energy replaced the process Western paintings and produced lots of its so much magical and subversive works.
The first booklet ever to survey this striking phenomenon in its entirety, The replicate of the Gods takes the tale from the Renaissance to the Baroque. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a specific god (Diana, Apollo, Hercules, Venus, Bacchus, Jupiter) and recounts the stories approximately that deity, now not as they seem in classical literature yet as they have been re-created by way of artists reminiscent of Botticelli, Titian, Bernini and Rembrandt. And but this isn't a e-book easily approximately portray and sculpture. it really is an try and re-imagine the complete designed global of the Renaissance, the place the gods additionally seemed in carnival floats and in dinner party screens, and entertained the general public within the kind of snow males and fireworks. This wealthy and unique new portrait of the Renaissance will make sure that readers by no means see the interval in fairly an identical approach again.
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