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Piero Della Francesca [Hardcover]

Maurizio Calvesi , Andrew Ellis
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Book Description

November 15, 1998
More than any other Italian 15th-century painter, Piero della Francesca was responsible for the development of Renaissance painting in Florence, and its crucial dissemination throughout Italy. His work represents a synthesis of Italian painting, with its focus on perspective and space, and Netherlandish painting, which stressed light and natural phenomena.
From his formative years in Florence, when he worked with Domenico Veneziano in the church of Sant'Egidio, to his seminal mid-career frescoes in the church of San Francesco in Arezzo, and his later work in Rome, Perugia, and Urbino, these pages capture Piero's extraordinary palette, his development of perspective, and the remarkably expressive faces of his subjects.
The recently cleaned Arezzo frescoes are a particular treasure, and the author traces their restoration, as well as critical studies on the artist, and the attribution and subject matter of his works, to set them in the framework of the artistic and philosophical world that Piero inhabited. This is an important and luxurious study of one of the founders of the Italian Renaissance.

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Known for his sculptural use of light, Piero della Francesca created works that are a perfect confluence of the underpinnings of the RenaissanceAby someone who helped invent it. Calvesi presents up-to-date scholarship in the reassessment of Piero based on recent archive discoveries and restorations of paintings, including the Arezzo Frescoes. He provides careful descriptive analysis of the major works with attention to biography and development, achievement, historical circumstance, philosophy, and influences on and by the artist. The second section contains full color plates and is insightful for its portrayal of iconographic images in such works as the "Misericordia Polyptych," reproducing this important work in its entirety. The catalog of works preceding the final extensive bibliography illustrates each painting in black and white with references to previous scholarship and description of the condition of each piece. This beautiful, inviting book should appeal to Renaissance scholars and students of Italian art; recommended for special, research, and large public collections.AEllen Bates, New York
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English, French, German, Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (November 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084782148X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847821488
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.3 x 13.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lavish treatment of a fascinating painter April 18, 2000
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Piero's ouevre has never seen such handsome representation in book form. Razor-sharp, large-format illustrations, including details printed at full-bleed on forearm-wide pages, permit intimate inspection of works which even in person can sometimes only be viewed distantly in dim church-light.
Quibbles include some tenuous conjectures about the development of the artist's thinking (which, if the author is taken at face value, includes the Zohar). It's too bad that more progress hadn't been made on the newly-restored Arezzo frescoes at the time of publication. But these aside, this is as definitive and gorgeous of a presentation of Piero as one could fairly ask for. Simply a beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!! April 18, 2013
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Beautiful! Better than promised!!! Calvesi's work on Piero is stellar. Along with Aronberg-Lavin, the best possible introduction to the work of the Italian Master.
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