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Alberti, Leon Battista. On Painting. Translated by Cecil Grayson with an introduction by Martin Kemp. London: Penguin Books, 1991.

Barzman, Karen-edis. The Florentine Academy and the Early Modern State: The Discipline of Disegno. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

———. “Perception, Knowledge, and the Theory of Disegno in SixteenthCentury Florence.” In Larry J. Feinberg, From Studio to Studiolo: Florentine Draftsmanship under the First Medici Dukes, 37–48. Exh. cat. Oberlin, OH: Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 1991.

Bomford, David, et al. Italian Painting before 1400: Art in the Making. Exh. cat. London: National Gallery Publications, 1989.

Borsook, Eve. Review of Neri di Bicci, Le Ricordanze (10 Marzo 145324 Aprile 1475) [Neri di Bicci, Memoirs (March 10, 1453April 24, 1475)], edited and annotated by Bruno Santi. Art Bulletin 61, no. 2 (June 1979): 313–18.

Burke, Peter. The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.

Cennini, Cennino d’Andrea. The Craftsman’s Handbook: The Italian “Il Libro dell’ Arte.”  Translated by David V. Thompson Jr. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1933; republished New York: Dover Publications, n.d.

Chastel, André. The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo da Vinci on Art and the Artist. Translated by Ellen Callmann. New York: Orion Press, 1961.

Cole, Bruce. The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian. New York: Harper and Row, 1983.

Cole, Michael. “Giambologna and the Sculpture with No Name.” Oxford Art Journal 31, no. 3 (October 2008): 337–60.

Dempsey, Charles. “Some Observations on the Education of Artists in Florence and Bologna during the Later Sixteenth Century.” Art Bulletin 62, no. 4 (December 1980): 552–69.

Elam, Caroline. “Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Sculpture Garden. Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 36 Bd. H. 1/2 (1992): 41–84.

Farago, Claire J. Leonardo da Vinci’s Paragone: A Critical Interpretation with a New Edition of the Text in the Codex Urbinas. Brill Studies in Intellectual History. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992.

Geronimus, Dennis V., and Louis A. Waldman. “Children of Mercury: New Light on the Members of the Florentine Company of St. Luke (c. 1475–1525).” Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 47 Bd. H. 1 (2003): 118–58.

Goldstein, Carl. “Vasari and the Florentine Accademia del Disegno.” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 38 Bd. H. 2 (1975): 145–52.

Hecht, Peter. “The Paragone Debate: Three Illustrations and a Comment.” Simiolus 4, no. 2 (1984): 125–36.

Hughes, Anthony. “‘An Academy for Doing.’ I: The Accademia del Disegno, the Guilds and the Precipitate in SixteenthCentury Florence.” Oxford Art Journal 9, no. 1 (1986): 3–10.

———. “‘An Academy for Doing.’ II: Academies, Status and Power in Early Modern Europe.” Oxford Art Journal 9, no. 2 (1986): 50–62.

Hurd, Janice L. “Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Treatise on Sculpture: The Second Commentary.” PhD diss., Bryn Mawr College, 1970. [Includes an English translation by the author.]

Jack, Mary Ann. “The Accademia del Disegno in Late Renaissance Florence.” Sixteenth Century Journal 7, no. 2 (October 1976): 3–20.

Martindale, Andrew. The Rise of the Artist in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance. London: Thames and Hudson, 1972.

Mendelsohn, Leatrice. Paragoni: Benedetto Varchi’s “Due lezzioni” and Cinquecento Art Theory. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1982.

National Museum of Women in the Arts and sVo Art. Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque. Exh. cat. Milan: Skira, 2007.

Pederson, Jill. “Henrico Boscano’s Isola beata: New Evidence for the Academia Leonardi Vinci in Renaissance Milan.” Renaissance Studies 22 (September 2008): 450–75.

Pedretti, Carlo, ed.. Leonardo da Vinci. On Painting: A Lost Book (Libro A) Reassembled from the Codex Vaticanus Urbinas 1270 and from the Codex Leicester. Introtroduction by Sir Kenneth Clark. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1964.

Rubin, Patricia Lee. Giorgio Vasari: Art and History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Thomas, Anabel. The Painter’s Practice in Renaissance Tuscany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Vasari, Giorgio. The Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects. Translated by Gaston du C. de Vere. 10 vols.  London: Philip Lee Warner, 1912–14.

Wackernagel, Martin. The World of the Florentine Artist: Projects and Patrons, Workshop and Market. Translated by Alison Luchs. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Warnke, Martin. The Court Artist: On the Ancestry of the Modern Artist. Translated by David McLintock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

White, John. Duccio: Tuscan Art and the Medieval Workshop. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1979.

Wittkower, Rudolf and Margo, intro., trans. and annot. The Divine Michelangelo: The Florentine Academy’s Homage on His Death in 1564, a facsimile edition of Jacopo Guinta, Esequie del Divino Michelagnolo Buonarroti (Florence, 1564). London: Phaidon, 1964.

Woods-Marsden, Joanna. Renaissance Self-Portraiture: The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.