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Nymph of the Grot

Nicholas Penny, 13 April 2000

The Culture of the High Renaissance 
by Ingrid Rowland.
Cambridge, 384 pp., £40, February 1999, 0 521 58145 1
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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili 
by Francesco Colonna, translated by Joscelyn Godwin.
Thames and Hudson, 476 pp., £42, November 1999, 0 500 01942 8
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After Raphael: Painting in Central Italy in the 16th Century 
by Marcia Hall.
Cambridge, 349 pp., £45, March 1999, 0 521 48245 3
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... and of the complex calculations with which its proportions might be analysed. The translation by Joscelyn Godwin of this extraordinary book, beautifully printed by Thames and Hudson with all the original plates, is an intelligent compromise: it is less loaded with Latinate neologisms than the original but captures its mixture of the erotic and the ...

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