This volume presents a lavishly illustrated history of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture from its origins to the present day. Italian art, starting with its origins in the Middle Ages, has developed by the multiplicity of its artists and in the autonomy of its styles that for centuries now have been a constant point of reference for the whole Western World. This magnificent volume, illustrated with nearly 500 works of art, presents a portfolio of the artists who best represent the genesis and development of art in Italy from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries. With clear and concise narrative, each historical period is brought to life in a way which will both enlighten and entertain the reader. Biographies of the artists featured add an extra dimension to the book.