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Ahl, Diane, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Masaccio. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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Bennett, Bonnie. Donatello. Mt. Kisco, NY: Moyer Bell, 1985.

Borea, Evelina. The High Renaissance Italian Painting. New York: McGraw Hill, 1963.

Clark, Kenneth. The Art of Humanism. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.

  • This well known text discusses five masters of humanistic architecture, painting and sculpture in fifteenth-century Italy.

Cole, Bruce. Masaccio and the Art of Early Renaissance Florence. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.

Dolcini, Loretta. Verrocchio’s Christ and St. Thomas: A Masterpiece of Sculpture from Renaissance Florence. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992.

Holmes, George. The Florentine Enlightenment 1400-1450. New York: Pegasus, 1969.

  • This book examines the ideas of the humanists as expressed in their books, letters, and in the comments of their contemporaries. Dr. Holmes shows these ideas radically influenced the writing of history, political philosophy and aesthetics.

Horne, Herbert. Botticelli, Painter of Florence. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Hyman, Isabella. Brunelleschi in Perspective. New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 1974.

Kemp, Martin. The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1990.

Kent, Dale. Cosimo de’ Medici and the Florentine Renaissance. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Martindale, Andrew. Man and the Renaissance. New York: McGraw Hill, 1966.

  • Here Andrew Martindale illuminates the meaning of the term “Renaissance” in terms of the society in which it took place.

Partridge, Loren. Art of Renaissance Florence, 1400-1600. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

  • This illustrated history is a multileveled exploration of how the celebrated Florentine culture formally registers in the works of art of the time, and how these works informed and often shaped the culture.

Santi, Bruno. Botticelli. London: Constable, 1991.

Strehlke, Carl. Pontormo, Bronzino and the Medici: The Transformation of the Renaissance Portrait in Florence. Philadelphia: Philadelphia State University Press, 2004.

Talvacchia, Bette. Raphael. New York: Phaidon, 2007.

Walker, Paul. The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World. New York: William Morrow, 2002.

Whistler, Catherine. Drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael. Oxford, UK: Ashmolean Museum, 1990.