Editorial Reviews“Patricia Rubin’s essay on the purposes and forms of portraiture in Florence is very fine, and Peter Humfrey offers a solid overview of portraiture in Venice.”
"…includes essays by all the stars of Italian Renaissance art history…"
“sumptuous and scholarly… fascinating traversal of some of the most memorable faces in Western art, accompanied by meticulous explanations of the symbols that accompany many of the sitters, the origins of the Commissions and the reception the works received… examines the different settings in Italy where the works were produced, finding distinct qualities in Florence, at princely courts and in Venice.”
— The Art Newspaper
“Throughout the catalog, the editors and essays chip away at the often monolithic term “Renaissance” to distinguish not only different artists but different environments in which the art flourished and served the needs of the time and place. For anyone overwhelmed by the vast, sometimes foreboding forest of Renaissance art, The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini will guide you safely through the trees… The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini takes the otherworldly beauty of the Renaissance and grounds it in the humanism it originally sprung from.”
— Big Think
—The Catholic Herald
"Patricia Rubin’s essay on the purposes and forms of portraiture in Florence is very fine, and Peter Humfrey offers a solid overview of portraiture in Venice."beautifully produced catalogue"
— Church Times
“…seamlessly blends scholarship with a focus on an art form that haunts our era of unbridled egotism: the portrait. What the portrait communicates (rank, beauty, power, glory – as opposed to what a photograph might capture) is the problematic subject that informs all the essays in the volume. The essays in The Renaissance Portrait wear their learning lightly, and with admirable brevity explain how the portrait emerged in the Italian 15th century in response to the Renaissance’s glorification of the individual. This volume is a splendid complement to a glorious show.”
— Alfred Mac Adam, ART News
“a beautiful book, accompanying what must be a stunning exhibition…The analysis of the paintings in the exhibition is masterly, encouraging reader to look more carefully for him or herself at the marvelous range of portraits from Donatello to Bellini”
— History Teaching Review