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From Heaven to Arcadia: The Sacred and the…

From Heaven to Arcadia: The Sacred and the Profane in the Renaissance

by Ingrid Rowland

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This is a collection of book reviews written by Rowland and almost all published in the New York Review of Books over the last 20 years. Most of the books reviewed are catalogs of shows of Renaissance art - all the big names.

There is no real direction to this book - each review just stands on its own. So one could certainly pick it up and just read any chapter in isolation or in any order at all.

It is a good fun read. One needn't have read any of the books reviewed. The reviews stand on their own very nicely, not just apart from each other but apart from the works reviewed. Rowland seems to know not only a lot about the world of the Renaissance, but also about how that world is discussed today. E.g. she does a nice job of comparing several books about Artemisia Gentileschi.

This book is more like a glass of champagne than a fitet mignon. It sparkles delightfully but is not filling. It might well work as an appetizer, sending the reader off to dig deeper into any of the directions it touches on. ( )
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