Renaissance Rivals: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Art - 521 pages
This enthralling book views the lives and greatest works of the Renaissance masters through the prism of their ardent rivalry. Rona Goffen, one of the most highly respected scholars of the Italian Renaissance today, brings Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Titian to life in this lively account of their passionate strivings to outdo both living competitors and the masters of antiquity.?Who would have thought that the serene masterpieces of the High Renaissance owed so much of their vitality to backstage brawling? Only Rona Goffen knows enough to trace these labyrinthine rivalries. In her book the artists take on cinematic vitality, making us see the artifacts produced by such creative brawlers in entirely new ways. They are knockouts. So is her book.”?Garry Wills?A handsome, copiously illustrated book.”?Virginia Quarterly Review
?This lively and appealing book is an important achievement. . . . Magnificently researched and handsomely produced, Renaissance Rivals advances the discussion of a central aspect of early modern culture. In doing so, it has no rivals.”?Werner Gundersheimer, American Scholar
 

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Well illustrated and engagingly written. Goffen's book sets a new standard for understanding imitatio, emulatio, and how the Renaissance artist's purposes and working methods fit under the category of paragone. Read full review

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Claiming that rivalry was an important part of Renaissance culture, Goffen (art history, Rutgers Univ.; Giovanni Bellini) traces the key competitions of the era to that between Ghiberti and ... Read full review

Contents

Imitatio and Renovatio
5
Agon
27
Paragoni
33
PROTAGONIST
69
Michelangelo
71
ANTAGONISTS
143
Leonardo
145
Raphael
173
Titian
267
CODA
338
Bandinelli and Cellini
339
Notes
384
Select Bibliography
476
Photograph Credits
495
Index
496
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Rona Goffen, Board of Governors Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, is also the author of Giovanni Bellini and Titian’s Women, both published by Yale University Press.

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