The Italian Renaissance was one of the most extraordinary periods in the history of Western art, and art lovers from around the world are captivated by the treasures that are held in Italian museums, churches, and galleries. This guide introduces art lovers to the major artists and sights of the Renaissance in a series of art trails-itineraries that cover the most important paintings and sculptures of the period. Written in a friendly, informative style, it is designed for the traveler who is serious-but not stuffy-about art. Not only does it give specialized coverage of the best in Italian Renaissance art, but it will save the traveler the expense of purchasing numerous gallery guides. The guide features: -Coverage of background of the Renaissance and its cultural context -Brief biographies of individual artists -Expert knowledge presented in a friendly, informative style -Details and descriptions of the outstanding pieces at every site -Interesting critical descriptions of works and explanations of technical terms -Maps highlighting places to visit, including intercity routes -Diagrams of important series of paintings (such as the Sistine Chapel) -Information on the saints and Biblical scenes portrayed in the paintings Meeting the needs of a market that has hitherto been ignored, this delightful guide will entertain and inform the seasoned cultural traveler as well as the amateur art buff.