Further Reading


    I'm not including a long list of web links - it's easy enough to find what you are looking for by Googling it.  I've  tried to avoid excessive numbers of hyperlinks in the text - I find them annoying and distracting. Googling 'Annunciation' will keep you happy for hours: well, it did me.  All of the apocryphal texts are easy to find, and many of the galleries mentioned have websites. Here's a key link though; If you don't know it, the finest searchable art collection on the web is the Web Gallery of Art at www.wga.hu .

Recommended books

Michael Baxandall: Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy.  Oxford
(A short but brilliant book, the best introduction I know to Renaissance Art.)
Evelyn Welch: Art in Renaissance Italy. Oxford History of Art.
(Other titles in this excellent series have been consulted too.)
James Hall: Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. Westview Press
Chevalier and Gheerbrandt: The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols. Penguin Books
Matilde Battistini Symbols and Allegories in Art. J Paul Getty Museum
Lucia Imelluso: Nature and its Symbols. J Paul Getty Museum
Robin Margaret Jensen: Understanding Early Christian Art. Routledge
Jocobus de Voragine, Translated by William Granger Ryan: The Golden Legend.  Princeton University Press.
Anna Jameson: Legends of the Madonna (Reprint available from forgottenbooks.org or can be downloaded as a free pdf from Google Books.), as can her other books. 
Emile Male: Religious Art from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century. Princeton University Press.

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