Among minor arts that flourished in the Italian Renaissance, perhaps the most astounding in its virtuosity was that of intarsia, or wood inlay, in which pieces of wood of various species were fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form exquisite pictures. In this volume, noted Italian art historians trace the evolution of Renaissance intarsia through a discussion of twelve of the most important intarsia cycles. Drawing on the latest scholarship and newly discovered documentary evidence, the authors explain the historical context and iconography of these masterpieces.
Hardcover. 256 pages.