arthisto September 15th, 2012
AHA’s own art historian consultant and guide, Judith Testa, has recently released her latest work, which we are VERY pleased to announce, An Art Lover’s Guide To Florence.
Many AHA alumni, reading this now, have had the pleasure of meeting and learning from this renowned art historian on one of Art History Alive’s trips to Rome. And many more have read her earlier book, Rome is Love Spelled Backward: Enjoying The Art And Architecture In The Eternal City. I consider Judith’s books so valuable that I often gift copies to my AHA guests, pre-travel, tied with a ribbon that holds a bright yellow highlighter. They instantly get the message. Already considered an expert in the fantastic city of Rome, where she lives several months of the year, she has now conquered the art of Florence.
Below is a description of the newly released, An Art Lover’s Guide To Florence, available on Amazon. What I love most about Judith’s scholarship and the handling of her art history is made bold below. Mark Heineke, of the Northern Illinois University Press, describes it perfectly. Further, in October, I will post an article written by Judith in answer to my questions, “How does one tackle a HUGE subject like the art of Florence, and in what way did you begin to gather material?”
If you are planning a trip to Italy that might include Florence or Rome, or you just love to read about these special places and their art, I can’t recommend highly enough Judith Testa’s books. Enjoy!
“No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time.The sheer number and proximity of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all, an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal.
“While most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works, with little discussion of the
historical background, Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance in An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence. Concentrating on a number of the greatest works, by such masters as Botticelli and Michelangelo, Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom it was made, deftly treating the complex interplay of politics, sex, and religion that were involved in the creation of those works.
“With Testa as a guide, armchair travelers and tourists alike will delight in the fascinating world of Florentine art and history.”
Mark Heineke, Northern Illinois University Press