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Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio: The Obizzi Saga Hardcover

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"Fresco by fresco, Ms. Jaffe explains the genesis of the heroic gestures, gory battles and sumptuous ceremonies depicted in the cycle, which was commissioned to celebrate the long history of the noble Obizzi family, dating to 1104." -- The New York Times, March 13, 2008

"Irma Jaffe has given us a rich, enlightening chapter in the history of Mannerism. Her fascinating Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio is an unforgettable reading of the cycle, of forty frescoes on the walls of six great galleries in the walls of the castle of Cataio, so near to Padua. This is a memorable volume. Its photographs of all the forty frescoes, by Battista Zelotti, now provide us with a precious chapter in the history of art. It is in the "spirit" of re-discovering that she enriches our vision of indelible paintings and ceiling and over-door decorations that document the world of the Obizzi family. Her care, her patience, her thorough dedication to the task enlightening documentation enriches us--unforgettably." -- Allen Mandelbaum, Wake Forest University

"Irma Jaffe's amazing book makes us realize that history can be both a visual and a narrative art. With amazing skill, she blends the two realities together so we are drawn into Italy's vivid dramatic past. Every reader will feel transported as well as enthralled." -- Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution

"With Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio one of the great monumental cycles of the late Renaissance is finally being fully published. Giambattista Zelotti's frescoes in the Castello del Catajo near Padua document the long history of the noble family of the Obizzi. As Irma Jaffe demonstrates, the iconographic program conceived by Giuseppe Betussi combines historical narrative and political allegory in a way that offers an iconographic summa of Renaissnce culture in the Veneto. The publication of these paintings confirms Zelotti's stature as a fresco painter, a worthy companion to his compatriot, Paolo Veronese." -- David Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University

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IRMA B. JAFFE's books include Joseph Stella; Baroque Art and the Jesuit Contribution; The Italian Presence in American Art; Shining Eyes, Cruel Fortune: The Lives and Loves of Italian Renaissance Women Poets; and Giuseppe Betussi and Eleanora Falletti, Polygraph and Poet at the Dawn of Popular Literature. The recipient of many awards and grants, she founded the department of Art and Music at Fordham University, where she is Professor Emerita of Art History.

GERNANDO COLOMBARDO taught art history at Fordham University for many years.

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