Item Number: 142991
Title: ANDREA PALLADIO : il mistero del volto
Author: Beltramini, Guido (ed)
Record created on 09/19/2016
Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2016. 21cm., pbk., 171pp., 93 color, 24 b&w illus. Exhibition held at Palladio Museum, Vicenza. Italian text.
Summary: The Mystery of Palladio’s Face has been installed along with the permanent exhibits in the rooms of the Palladio Museum in the Palazzo Barbarano, a whole building devoted to narrating the great Renaissance architect’s life and work. We have no official portrait of Palladio. In 1716 some English publishers came up with a fake portrait, passed off as a work by Paolo Veronese. In 1733 the Italians responded with a balding, bearded Palladio, copied from a portrait kept in the Villa Rotonda but then lost in 1849. Is the face of Palladio we are accustomed to seeing true or fake? The exhibition explores the mystery of various faces of Palladio in twelve works from the United States, Europe and Russia, loaned by major international museums and collections. The exhibition has been laid out like a detective story. Accompanying the works, there are light tables with clues for the investigations: radiographs of the paintings, stratigraphic sections, photos and documents. The Italian State Forensic Department has even been called in to help with the enquiry by analysing and comparing the facial features and using age-progression techniques.
Contents: Guido Beltramini, I volti di Palladio ; Fabrizio Magani, Come divento? immortale il volto di Andrea Palladio ; Howard Burns, Ritrarre gli architetti del Rinascimento ; Fernando Mari?as, Un'ipotesi sul nome di Palladio ; Fernando Rigon Forte, Due volte Palladio. Le effigi dell'Architetto nelle prime edizioni inglesi di Giacomo Leoni dei Quattro Libri ; Indagini conoscitive su alcuni dipinti raffiguranti Andrea Palladio. a cura di Elisabetta Fedeli et al.
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