The Renaissance: Revised Expanded Unexpurgated is an anthology of new essays reconsidering the modern-day legacy of the Renaissance. Edited by art historian Medina Lasansky, the book approaches this topic from unconventional perspectives, linking the Renaissance to disparate contemporary themes and artistic practices (Pop Art, Arte Povera, Lady Gaga) in an irreverent yet critical manner.
While the book’s cover features Warhol’s colorful rendition of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, the book block itself refers to a number of classical bookmaking design standards. In addition to its use of the sixteenth-century typeface Bembo, the book’s page size, margins, and typesetting are based on proportions typical of an Aldus Manucius book from around 1500. However, as in the Warhol work, the design disrupts its classicism with a Pop vernacular, using hot pink for detail text and halftone, sans-serif initial caps, and a monospace typeface for image captions.