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Titre : Drawings of the Florentine Painters, in 3 ...
Éditeur : University of Chicago Press
Date d'édition : 1970
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : VG+ / FINE / Near Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Slipcase Fair
Edition : 2nd Impression
Hardcover, 3 vols, no DJs as issued, w/slipcase. Blue cloth, gilt lettering & highly gilt decorated cover. Vol I, Text, 367 pp, spine rubbed & w/mild crease, last two leaves have tiny edgenick & diagonal fold line / Vol II, Catalogue, 388 pp, fine condition / Vol III, Illustrations, unpaginated, 1009 b/w reproductions, tiny edgenick on flyleaf, tiny edgestain on half-title page. All vols tight, overall very clean outside and inside. Slipcase, grey illustrated paper over thick cardboard, still strong, removed sticker shadow, a few paper edgetears & one cardboard tear across top of spine. Large & heavy, 14 pounds. Size: 4to, 11 " tall. N° de réf. du libraire 010814
Synopsis : This monumental work, Drawings of Florentine Painters by Bernard Berenson, was named in 2013 by Thames & Hudson one of the "books that shaped art history". Berenson was an influential American art historian of the late 19th and 20th centuries. He specialized in Renaissance Art and was a major force in building the US market for paintings by the Old Masters. American collectors of the time regarded Berenson as the ultimate Renaissance art authority. If he judged a painting authentic, its value was greatly increased. Originally published in 1938, and significantly revised and enlarged by the author in several subsequent editions, the 1970 publication by University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, consists of three volumes. (Heavy 4tos 11 1/4" x 8 7/8". Dark blue cloth stamped in gilt. In slipcase. No dust jackets issued.) Some of the Florentine artists covered in the three volumes are: da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albertinelli, Angelico, Gozzoli, Uccello, Verrocchio, Filippo, Botticelli, Lippi, Garbo, Carli, di Cosimo, Bartolommeo, Falconi, Cungi, del Sarto, Pontormo, Rosso, Manfredi, Rosselli, and Artetino. The first volume, Text (xiv, 367 pp; 12 chapters, 15 appendices), consists of Berenson's description and analysis -- using his own critical method and assumptions -- of the work of the artists. His unique and controversial method grouped paintings according to how he considered the artist handled critical aspects, such as surface texture (labeled "tactile imagination" by Berenson) or the weight and volume of any painted figures. Volume 2, Catalogue (xii, 388 pp.), is an illustrated presentation of works by the Italian painters. Volume 3, Illustrations (400+pp., 1109 plate figures and index), includes illustrated plates of the artists' work, first published by John Murray, and in a limited edition by E. P. Dutton, in 1903. While Berenson published other works, in his lifetime, Drawings of Florentine Painters is considered his masterpiece.
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