The Villa Farnesina: Palace of Venus in Renaissance Rome

Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
8.43 X 11.1 X 1.57 inches | 4.45 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

James Grantham Turner is James D. Hart Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. A scholar of unusual range who brings together literature, art, the environment, cultural and intellectual history, and gender and sexuality, he is the author of eight books, including the Politics of Landscape and Eros Visible, the latter cited for its 'extraordinary vitality' and as a 'most important' contribution to Renaissance Studies. Turner has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.


'This book is an absolute masterwork, impeccably and exhaustively researched, the material interpreted with wide and deep expertise filtered through the inspired genius of both the author and his protagonists, and the whole account beautifully written and easy to follow. It is a perfect match of scholar and subject.' Ingrid Rowland, University of Notre Dame
'This volume is one of the single most important works in the field of Renaissance Studies to come along in some time. The book promises to be the locus classicus for all future studies of Chigi's villa, the art that adorns it, and the world in which it was made.' Paul Barolsky, University of Virginia
'... to recreate a largely vanished masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, painting and stucco in such detail, with diligent research fleshed out here and there by intelligent speculation and acute insight, is an achievement in itself. The Villa Farnesina is ... a model of scholarly practice, lucidly written.' Keith Miller, The Times Literary Supplement
'James Grantham Turner's magisterial study The Villa Farnesina: Palace of Venus in Renaissance Rome captures the project's intimate link with fantasy from the very moment of its conception.... With its lavish color illustrations, The Villa Farnesina is a thing of beauty appropriate to its subject and Turner's passion for it.' Ingrid Rowland, New York Review of Books