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Cole, Bruce 1938-2018

Works: 86 works in 319 publications in 4 languages and 12,624 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Art  Exhibition catalogs  Trivia and miscellanea  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Other, Author of introduction, Editor, Publishing director, Creator
Classifications: N5300, 759.5
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Most widely held works about Bruce Cole
Most widely held works by Bruce Cole
Art of the western world : from ancient Greece to post-modernism by Bruce Cole( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 1,810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This companion volume to the PBS television series "integrates the works of each period with the history, values, and ideals that gave birth to Western art ... [and] offers fresh insights into what the great works meant at the time they were created."--Jacket
The Renaissance artist at work : from Pisano to Titian by Bruce Cole( Book )

34 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in English and Japanese and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This text gives the necessary background for the study and appreciation of Italian painting and sculpture from about 1250 to 1550. It tells how the artists learned their craft, the organization of their workshops, and the guilds they belonged to; how their customers or patrons treated them and where their work was displayed - churches, civic buildings, or private homes. The book discusses how art was made - tempera, oil, panel, canvas, fresco and also surveys the characteristic types of Renaissance art - altar pieces, portraits, tombs, busts, doors fountains, medals, etc."--Amazon
Giotto and Florentine painting, 1280-1375 by Bruce Cole( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sienese painting : from its origins to the fifteenth century by Bruce Cole( Book )

20 editions published between 1979 and 1987 in English and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a beautiful book which covers the history of Sienese painting from the 13th to the 15th century. Color and black and white illustrations of numerous works of art."--Amazon
The informed eye : understanding masterpieces of western art by Bruce Cole( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Informed Eye, Bruce Cole introduces the reader to the properties, concepts, and meanings of Western art through a series of concise, specific explorations of a single work of art or a group of related works. These paintings, sculptures, and buildings from widely varying cultures and times are all major representatives of the scope and diversity of Western culture, from the dawn of ancient civilization to our own time. Cole explains how art is made, how it functions in society, and how it embodies the ideas and ideals of the cultures in which it was produced. --From publisher description
Masaccio and the art of early Renaissance Florence by Bruce Cole( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art from the swamp : how Washington bureaucrats squander millions on awful art by Bruce Cole( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few Americans are aware that the federal government is the country’s largest single patron of art. Every year a group of unelected bureaucrats and congressmen spends millions of taxpayer dollars on monuments, sculptures, buildings, plays, and exhibitions, largely without public knowledge or involvement. Frank Gehry’s outlandish memorial to President Eisenhower, an installation that blinks quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt in Morse code at a cash-strapped Veterans Administration hospital, a giant $750,000 wood sculpture whose fumes sickened workers at an FBI building in Miami, FL, and funding for research on the visual cultures of tea consumption in Imperial India are just a few of the hundreds of unwanted and wasteful projects supported annually by the General Services Administration, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and their enablers on Capitol Hill. In this book, Bruce Cole, the longest-serving chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, exposes the programs and policies responsible for this glut of unsupervised bureaucratic pork and offers suggestions for their reform or elimination
Titian and Venetian painting, 1450-1590 by Bruce Cole( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2019 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This up-to-date, well-illustrated, sensitive introduction to the life and works of one of the giants of Western painting also surveys the golden age of Venetian painting from Bellini to Veronese and its place in the history of Western art. Bruce Cole, a respected scholar and author of numerous books on Italian Renaissance art, begins with the life and work of Giovanni Bellini, who was the foundation stone of Venetian Renaissance painting. He continues with the paintings of Giorgione and the young Titian whose work embodied the new Venetian style. With Titian's maturity as an artist came his undisputed leadership in Venetian painting. Cole discusses and explains many of Titian's major works - portraits, religious paintings, and nudes - from various points of view."--Jacket
Italian art, 1250-1550 : the relation of Renaissance art to life and society by Bruce Cole( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This survey of Italian Renaissance art, from a new and different perspective, shows how art was a vital part of society and how all types of art and artists reflected the needs and aspirations of the culture from which they arose. Most books on Renaissance art are based on a chronological study of the major artists and their works. In this book, Bruce Cole covers the major types of art from c. 1250 to c. 1550, discusses their origins and development, documents their use and function, and describes their form and how and why the artists shaped them that way. Art is thus firmly connected with the life and society of the Renaissance rather than viewed as a separate entity: painting and sculpture are seen in their proper context. After a wide-ranging introduction, there are chapters on Italian Renaissance art in relation to domestic life, worship, civic life, death and afterlife, and Renaissance images and ideals
Giotto : the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua by Bruce Cole( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thirty miles to the southwest of Venice, in a small park in Padua, lies a modest red brick building, the Scrovegni (or Arena) Chapel, that contains one of the jewels of Early Renaissance art: the most extensive fresco cycle by Giotto. Perfectly preserved, it established Giotto's genius for displacing the Byzantine style of painting and introducing the fundamental principles of Renaissance humanism into art. Painted around 1306, the nearly forty large frescoes that cover the walls and ceiling of the Chapel tell stories from the lives of the Virgin, Christ, and the Virgin's parents, Sts. Joachim and Anne. Created with a subtle yet brilliant array of colors - shimmering blues, golden reds, subtle ivories - these easy-to-read narrative panels have remained comprehensible and evocative to viewers for generations; this may be because, unlike much of the art that preceded Giotto, his images contain sacred figures that behave in human ways, bodies as well as faces that register human feelings familiar to us all. The Scrovegni Chapel is Giotto's masterpiece; it established him as the most famous artist of his day, not only in Italy but in all of Europe. It is little wonder that the art of Giotto has held the attention of Western civilization for over half a millennium"--Bookjacket
Sienese painting in the age of the Renaissance by Bruce Cole( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piero della Francesca : tradition and innovation in Renaissance art by Bruce Cole( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study discusses all of Piero della Francesca's work, and describes the major influence on his art and its form, content and meaning, as well as the artistic world from which it arose. He was virtually unknown until he was rediscovered by Seurat, Cezanne and later by Bernard Berenson
Agnolo Gaddi by Bruce Cole( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 1977 in 3 languages and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fearless and free : celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities by Bruce Cole( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred treasures : early Italian paintings from Southern collections by Perri Lee Roberts( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in the history of Italian art, 1250-1550 by Bruce Cole( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The composer's handbook by Bruce Cole( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italian maiolica from Midwestern collections : [exhibition], Indiana University Art Museum, September 4-October 8, 1977 by Bruce Cole( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Master drawings from the Vincent Price collection : Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, January 21-May 3, 1987 by Bruce Cole( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venetian paintings of the Renaissance( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Renaissance artist at work : from Pisano to Titian
The Renaissance artist at work : from Pisano to TitianThe informed eye : understanding masterpieces of western artTitian and Venetian painting, 1450-1590Italian art, 1250-1550 : the relation of Renaissance art to life and societyGiotto : the Scrovegni Chapel, PaduaFearless and free : celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe composer's handbook
Alternative Names
Bruce Cole Amerikaans kunsthistoricus

Bruce Cole historiador de l'art estatunidenc

Bruce Cole historiador del arte estadounidense

Bruce Cole historian amerikan i artit

Bruce Cole historien de l'art américain

Bruce Cole staraí na healaíne Meiriceánach

Bruce Cole US-Kunsthistoriker

Cole, B. 1938-

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Cole, Bruce M.

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Cole, Bruce M.‏, 1938-2018

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