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Durer to Veronese: Sixteenth-Century Painting in the National Gallery (National Gallery London Publications) Hardcover – December 11, 1999
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Focused on the marvelous collections of London's National Gallery and written by gallery staff, this is an accessible consideration of picture types (altarpieces, private devotions, palace decoration) and technique (painting on panel, painting on canvas, and preparatory drawings and studies) in the age of discovery. Using the collection for interpretive writing of high quality makes this more than just a catalog of pictures done at the same time and now in the same place. The authors provide detailed discussions of particular works and fit them into the artistic framework and understanding of the time, a time when art schools began to develop and when the world known to Europeans was expanding exponentially. A fine addition to both general and specialized art collections, this is highly recommended for all readers.
-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The successor to Giotto to Durer (1991), which displayed and discussed the early Renaissance holdings of the National Gallery in London, differs from it by treating the museum's sixteenth-century holdings topically rather than in separate considerations of individual artworks. Each of nine chapters concentrates on a particular broad thematic, formal, functional, or technical aspect of easel paintings. The first chapter, for instance, is on imagery and its meanings; the second discusses altarpieces; the fourth looks at paintings commissioned for display in palaces; and the seventh is about preparing the panel, the typical painting medium of a time when the use of stretched canvas was not yet predominant. Thus, the book affords a rich learning experience about painting practice as well as 385 beautiful and informative illustrations. Ray Olson
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Using the National Gallery's (London) collection of sixteenth century paintings, this book offers a thematic arrangement as it explores the various themes (eg "Private Devotion") and methods (eg "Preparing the Panel"). Each theme is lavishly illustrated with the Gallery's collection and several are accompanied by artists' sketches and closeups of important sections of the paintings.
The text is well-written and easily digested by the neophyte art historian. A series of maps showing the sixteenth century European art world and an in-depth timeline for the century are presented at the beginning of the book and serve the reader well throughout the reading of the text. The physical properties of the book are impressive as well. It is an oversized book, but not to a point of being unwieldy and the binding is quite sturdy as well.
A beautiful work. I highly recommend it.
Apart from being informative, this volume is also very well illustrated and its layout means it can be dipped into and read in sections without the reader loosing the plot. Though it is large, it is not imposing and is the type of book that will definitely become a must have classic for all levels of scholar. If you want a book that covers the 16th century in art in a detailed, concise yet informative way, there is no better on the market at the moment and this one will take some beating. It has the right mix of everything, and is a very necessary volume.