From Library Journal
Focused on the marvelous collections of London's National Gallery and written by gallery staff, this is an accessible consideration of picture types (altarpieces, private devotions, palace decoration) and technique (painting on panel, painting on canvas, and preparatory drawings and studies) in the age of discovery. Using the collection for interpretive writing of high quality makes this more than just a catalog of pictures done at the same time and now in the same place. The authors provide detailed discussions of particular works and fit them into the artistic framework and understanding of the time, a time when art schools began to develop and when the world known to Europeans was expanding exponentially. A fine addition to both general and specialized art collections, this is highly recommended for all readers.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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The successor to Giotto to Durer
(1991), which displayed and discussed the early Renaissance holdings of the National Gallery in London, differs from it by treating the museum's sixteenth-century holdings topically rather than in separate considerations of individual artworks. Each of nine chapters concentrates on a particular broad thematic, formal, functional, or technical aspect of easel paintings. The first chapter, for instance, is on imagery and its meanings; the second discusses altarpieces; the fourth looks at paintings commissioned for display in palaces; and the seventh is about preparing the panel, the typical painting medium of a time when the use of stretched canvas was not yet predominant. Thus, the book affords a rich learning experience about painting practice as well as 385 beautiful and informative illustrations. Ray Olson