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Piero della Francesca: The Frescoes of San Francesco in Arrezzo Hardcover – January 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Skira (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8884910234
  • ISBN-13: 978-8884910233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertelli's densely reasoned monographic study of the early Renaissance master Piero della Francesca proffers a plethora of provocative but not equally compelling insights into the artist's life, work, and style. Not only has he convincingly reconstructed Piero's probable peregrinations, the plausible chronology of his paintings, and their manifold sources and stylistic links, but he also provides a wealth of significant insights into crucial masterpieces and the painter's writings on mathematics and perspective. A comprehensive but far from exhaustive catalog of the surviving paintings helps round out the text's lacunae. An excellent complement to Bertelli's work is Ronald Lightbown's Piero della Francesca ( LJ 7/92). While scholars will need to ponder the somewhat divergent conclusions of both authors, general readers are better served by Lightbown's engaged evocation of the works themselves and by his coherent arguments and lucid prose.
- Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on October 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've seen the Piero frescos in the Church of St Francis in Arezzo in all of their stages over the past 40 years, from terrible neglect and dismal lighting to the present state of glorious restoration. All I can say is, hurray for the restorers and for the civic pride that provided the funds.

This is an excellent book of photos of the frescos, about as good as such a reduction of scale could ever be. I call attention to it in connection to my recent review of the biographical study of Piero as a mathematician as well as a painter.

Arezzo, by the way, is a neglected destination among North American visitors to Italy. It's not as charming a city as Perugia to the south or Siena to the north, but it has a major museum of Umbrian Renaissance art as well as the Piero frescos.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kenneth J. Garland on March 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
having seen the frescoes at arezzo less than 12 months ago, i was intrigued to find out whether the images in this book matched my recent memories: they did, and more, because the close-ups were a further revelation, since i could not get so close to the frescoes when on the spot. i am grateful to skira for giving me this wonderful bonus. the book has been a continuous presence on the lectern in my living room ever since amazon delivered it a few weeks ago.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Vatman (ushatsz@erols.com) on July 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
You have to be really into Italian art and Early Renaissance to get the feeling of this wonderful book. The way it's lavishly printed makes you happy almost as much as you would see the originals. I would recommend this to an art lovers as a second choice after the site tours.
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