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Graham-Dixon, Andrew. Renaissance.

Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999. 336 pp. illus, bibl, index. $29.95. ISBN: 0-520-22375-6.

This beautifully illustrated work of Renaissance art history challenges many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the Renaissance by arguing that "the Renaissance represented a culmination rather than a complete rejection of... earlier [medieval and Byzantine] influences." Starting in the Middle Ages, Graham-Dixon moves through key moments in the development of the Renaissance focusing on major artists and architects of the time, but also outlining social and historical contexts in which artists were working. Commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation, a six-part television series was produced out of its six chapters.
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Title Annotation:Review
Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 22, 2000
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