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Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice [Hardcover]

Frederick Ilchman , David Rosand , Linda Borean , Patricia Brown , John Garton
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May 31, 2009 0878467394 978-0878467396
For nearly four decades in the sixteenth century, the careers of Venice's three greatest painters--Titan, Tintoretto and Veronese--overlapped, producing mutual influences and bitter rivalries that changed art history. Venice was then among Europe's richest cities, and its plentiful commissions fostered an exceptionally fertile and innovative climate. In it, the three artists--brilliant, ambitious and fiercely competitive--vied with one another for primacy, employing such new media as oil on canvas, with its unique expressive possibilities, and such new approaches as a personal and identifiable signature style. They also pioneered the use of easel painting, a newly portable format that led to unprecedented fame in their lifetimes. With more than 150 stunning examples by the three masters and their contemporaries, this volume elucidates the technical and aesthetic innovations that helped define the uniquely rich "Venetian style," as well as the social, political and economic context in which it flourished. Essays range from examinations of seminal new techniques to such crucial institutions as state commissions and the patronage system. Most of all, by concentrating on the lives and careers of Venice's three greatest painters, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese paints a vibrant human portrait--one brimming with savage rivalry, one-upsmanship, humor and passion.

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"This show brought together some magnificent canvases to tell the story of three brilliant men who set painting on a new course while playing some very intricate games." --Time Magazine, December 8, 2009 (Richard Lacayo)

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: MFA Publications (May 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878467394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878467396
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars abundant masterpieces August 9, 2009
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This splendid catalogue documents the rivalry between Titian, Tintoretto and Titian in words and paintings. This exhibition had 56 paintings on display; and what a succession of great works they are! As would be expected, the informed reader would notice a number of previously familiar paintings. There are however a significant proportion of works that would be seen for the first time.

I have one significant complaint about this otherwise excellent publication. There are 17 full page illustrations, detail reproductions of works appearing in other parts of the catalogue, that receive no written identification. This carelessness is very annoying and surprizing.

Despite my single criticism, I still strongly recommend this excellent book for the interesting text and succession of magnificent paintings. Tintoretto fans are urged to investigate the superb Prado catalogue edited by Miguel Falomir. Even better, visit Venice and see his massive and untransportable masterpieces in person!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the catalogue published to accompany the exhibition of the same name mounted by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2009 and which then traveled to the Museum of the Louvre in Paris. I was fortunate to be able to see the exhibition a couple of times in Boston, but I have just now acquired the catalogue, in order to be able to read it along with the one from the current "Masters of Venice" show in San Francisco (see my review on this website). I am very glad I did, and I would urge anyone interested in Italian Renaissance art to acquire it now, while it is still in print and available at the original price, because it is a real gem. The exhibition itself was spectacular, and the catalogue does it full justice. All fifty-six of the exhibited paintings are reproduced full-page and in excellent color, and they are accompanied by 112 quarter-page or half-page comparison illustrations, almost all also in color and extremely well arranged to complement the catalogue entries. I agree with the reviewer Ivor Zetler that the full-page detail reproductions he refers to should have been identified, but I did not find that quite so irksome, as most of them are only a few pages away from their sources.

The written contributions are largely by the most eminent scholars in their fields and equally excellent. There are interesting essays on patronage, on collecting, and on the materials and techniques available to sixteenth-century artists.
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I was also lucky enough to see this exhibit when it came to Boston in 2009. It was absolutely incredible, room after room after room of breathtaking 16th century Venetian Renaissance works of art. I confess a definite bias towards Titian, whom I think very rightly deserves the title of undisputed master of the Venetian Renaissance. The fine detail in his paintings seems to defy possibility, with lace so delicate one is afraid to get too close to the work for fear of damaging the fabric. After spending a few hours in the exhibit, I could not avoid picking this book up in the MFA's bookshop (which they had rather strategically -- or cynically, depending on your point of view -- placed on the way out of the exhibit, so that one had to pass through it in order to leave). Frankly I'm glad the MFA forced me to at least pass by, because I'm not sure I would've made my way to the shop if it wasn't directly in my path. While in the store I hoped to find something small to buy so that I could have a memento of attending the exhibit, which was by far the best I've had the privilege of seeing at the Boston MFA, or truthfully, at any other fine art museum in my life. I noticed this book, which was not quite the memento I had in mind, and though I did balk a bit at the $40.00 price tag, as a poor college student, it was more than worth every penny. I still fairly regularly pop the book off its shelf to browse. As Kenneth Hughes says above, this book truly does the exhibit "full justice". I urge anyone who's intrigued at all by this item to pick it up; you will NOT be disappointed in the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! July 10, 2014
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The extensive research on these artists is evident. The text is elegantly written: both "easy to read" but deep in content. The color plates are of incredible quality - A beautiful, informative, and enjoyable book!
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