Renaissance Rivals

Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian

Rona Goffen

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August 11, 2004
532 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
120 b/w + 80 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300105896
Paper

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Published with the assistance of the Getty Grant Program

Out of Print

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

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.

“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

“An engaging, readable history of the greatest artists—and rivals—of the Italian Renaissance.”—William E. Wallace, Art History & Archaeology, Washington University

"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

“Excellent character studies of each of the protagonists.”—Art Times

Renaissance Rivals has the ingredients of a bestseller, as the author’s four leading men remain superstars to this very day. The artists she discusses must be endlessly fascinating, for their lives and works have been the subject of continuous scrutiny. . . . Goffen knows how to tell a good story.”—Michael Amy, CAA Reviews

“Handsomely produced, with plentiful high-quality colorplates and usefully indexed with concepts as well as names.”—Marcia Hall, Renaissance Quarterly

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“This handsome, copiously illustrated book successfully retells a story well-known to art historians.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Goffen's meticulous attention to detail makes this book a definitive reference to the social circumstances of Renaissance art production."—Lisa Tom, Comitatus, A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies