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Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power Hardcover – November 15, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791351680
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791351681
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvia Ferino is director of the Gemaldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and an expert on Italian painting. Lynn Federle Orr is curator in charge of European art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Among her recent publications is The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

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This is the catalogue for the exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum from October 2011 to March 2012. It is complementary to, but not really comparable with, the two other Venetian Renaissance exhibitions and catalogues of recent years, the "Bellini, Giorgione, Titian" at the National Gallery in Washington in 2006 and the "Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in 2009 (see my review on this website). Although the same themes and painters (and sometimes paintings and contributors) recur in these volumes, the current book is more restricted than the others. For one thing, all the paintings are "from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna" (which is actually the continuation of the subtitle that was too long to be printed above), and for another, they are all from the Habsburg collections: the curators did not have as wide a selection of works available to them, and so the result is less comprehensive than the other collections. Nevertheless, the major figures are all here; there is a section each for Mantegna, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Bassano and Veronese, and a catch-all of other Veneto painters like Palma Vecchio, Pordenone and Barone. Most of the paintings reproduced are quite representative and some are among the superstars like Titian's "Portrait of Isabella d'Este," Tintoretto's "Susanna and the Elders," and Veronese's "The Anointing of David." The reproductions themselves are somewhat uneven in quality; most of them are quite good, but there are a few cases where broad expanses of flesh have a slight greenish cast--not so jarring perhaps with Susanna in her garden, but Tintoretto's "St. Jerome" acquires an almost cadaverous appearance.Read more ›
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cauchemar on January 24, 2012
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A beautiful book cataloging this special exhibition from Kunsthistorishes Museum in Vienna. Wonderful full color photos and good detail. Well written art history puts the art in context.
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