From everything I've read about the Italian Renaissance, here are some of the books I've dipped into most frequently:
Helping me understand not just what to look at but how to look:
Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500.
Oxford History of Art, 2004
Painting and Experience In C15th Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style.
Oxford University Press, 1988
To be inspired - and to look again:
Venetian Colour: Marble, Mosaic, Painting and Glass 1250-1550.
Yale University Press, 1999
To read the experts on the individual artists:
Ballarin, Alessandro, Enricana, Giuliana
Jacopo Bassano and The Miraculous Trick of the Eye.
Mondadori Electa, 2011
Salomon, Xavier F.
National Gallery of Art London, 2014
Titian: His Life and The Golden Age Of Venice.
And to get a real sense of the texture of daily life:
Private Lives in Renaissance Venice.
Yale University Press, 2004
Pullan, Brian S.
Rich and Poor in Renaissance Venice.
Harvard University Press 1971
At Home in Renaissance Italy: The Italian House 1400-1600.
V and A Publications, London 2006
The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition and Housekeeping in a Renaissance Court.
Profile Books, 2004
I don't always play music when I'm writing. If possible, I like the door to the garden open and the sound of birdsong in my ears. But when I do, it'll be something sixteenth century, preferably Italian. Here are some favourites:
- Venetian Easter Mass by the Gabrieli Consort and Players, conductor Paul McCreesh - Deutsche Gramophone 1997
- A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli and de Rore by the Gabrieli Consort and Players - Deutsche Gramophone 2001
- The Glory Of Venice: Music by Willaert, A. Gabrieli, Merulo and de Rore by Concordia, conductor Mark Levy – Metronome Recordings: BBC MM229 2003
- Music of the Renaissance - River Records 1999
- Music of the Italian Renaissance for voice, lute and Renaissance guitar, Shirley Rumsey - HNH International 1994
- Adrian Willaert by Cinquecento Vokal - Hyperion 2010
- Adrian Willaert: Ricercari da Musica Nova –Stradivarius 1996
- Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova, the Petrarca Madrigals - Singer Pur 2005