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Durer to Veronese: Sixteenth-Century Painting in the National Gallery (National Gallery London Publications) Hardcover – December 11, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: National Gallery London Publications
  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (December 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300072201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300072204
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,203,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sewell on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Durer to Veronese" is a gorgeous piece of art history that transcends the ordinary. This work is a departure from the usual dry discussion of art history interspersed with small black-and-white photos. At the same time however, it offers so much more than the typical narrow view of the exhibit catalog.
Using the National Gallery's (London) collection of sixteenth century paintings, this book offers a thematic arrangement as it explores the various themes (eg "Private Devotion") and methods (eg "Preparing the Panel"). Each theme is lavishly illustrated with the Gallery's collection and several are accompanied by artists' sketches and closeups of important sections of the paintings.
The text is well-written and easily digested by the neophyte art historian. A series of maps showing the sixteenth century European art world and an in-depth timeline for the century are presented at the beginning of the book and serve the reader well throughout the reading of the text. The physical properties of the book are impressive as well. It is an oversized book, but not to a point of being unwieldy and the binding is quite sturdy as well.
A beautiful work. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "theodosia" on April 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a student of Art History I utilise very many volumes and this one rates highly in my opinon. It is not only easy to use, but it also has the great advantage of explaining art historical details concisely and clearly so that anyone, however unused to art they are, can enjoy and understand what is being said. This book surveys paintings, highlighting those in the National Gallery, London England, between the time of Durer and Veronese. It discusses their function, patrons and the way they were painted as well as having an excellent section devoted to their conservation and restoration.
Apart from being informative, this volume is also very well illustrated and its layout means it can be dipped into and read in sections without the reader loosing the plot. Though it is large, it is not imposing and is the type of book that will definitely become a must have classic for all levels of scholar. If you want a book that covers the 16th century in art in a detailed, concise yet informative way, there is no better on the market at the moment and this one will take some beating. It has the right mix of everything, and is a very necessary volume.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By samy charnine on June 2, 2012
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I love this book and I have nothing negative to say about the images, the text, the quality of the illustrations... except that my book fell apart very rapidly. I own a lot of art books and handle them constantly, but this never happened to another book before. The book binding is just glue (no thread) and the pages (all single) started to come off after a few months. Now my book looks like a folder with loose pages. What a shame...I love my book.
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