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New titles week of 08/13/18: Found 20 titles

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Item Number: 148300
Title: ANNI ALBERS
Author: Coxon, Ann (et al)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300237252
Record created on 03/13/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Tate Modern, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 192pp., 190 illus. Exhibition held at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, then to Tate Modern, London.

Summary: Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a German textile designer, weaver, and printmaker, and among the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Although she has heavily influenced generations of artists and designers, her contribution to modernist art history has been comparatively overlooked, especially in relation to that of her husband, Josef. In this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated volume, Albers’s most important works are examined to fully explore and redefine her contribution to 20th-century art and design and highlight her significance as an artist in her own right. Featured works—from her early activity at the Bauhaus as well as from her time at Black Mountain College, and spanning her entire fruitful career—include wall hangings, designs for commercial use, drawings and studies, jewelry, and prints. Essays by international experts focus on key works and themes, relate aspects of Albers’s practice to her seminal texts On Designing and On Weaving, and identify broader contextual material, including examples of the Andean textiles that Albers collected and in which she found inspiration for her understanding of woven thread as a form of language. Illuminating Albers’s skill as a weaver, her material awareness, and her deep understanding of art and design, this publication celebrates an artist of enormous importance and showcases the timeless nature of her creativity.

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Item Number: 147923
Title: KWAB : Ornament As Art In The Age Of Rembrandt
Author: Baarssen, Reinier
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9789462084285
Record created on 01/17/18
Description: Amsterdam-Rotterdam: Nai010 Publishers/ Rijksmuseum, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 304pp., 350 color illus. Exhibition held at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. English text.

Summary: The auricular style is one of the most important and remarkable Dutch contributions to the decorative arts in Europe. This book traces the history and meaning of the auricular style, with its fabulous, organic shapes, from the work of the goldsmith Paulus van Vianen at the court of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in Prague to that of his brother Adam in Utrecht and Johannes Lutma in Amsterdam. Their masterpieces were admired as high art by Rembrandt and his pupils, who produced auricular designs themselves. The story of this abstract decorative form is illustrated using silver and gold masterworks, design drawings and prints, paintings by Rembrandt, furnishings, and Cuir de Cordoue gold leather wall coverings.

Contents: Courtly Inventions - Paulus van Vianen ; A Ewer as Revolution - Adam van Vianen ; A Jump in Size ; Amsterdam Triumphant - Lutma, Rembrandt and Doomer ; Competition on Paper - Van Vianen versus Lutma ; Brass in the Church - Johannes Lutma the Elder as Inventor ; Framed by KWAB ; Amsterdam and the Netherlands ; At the Court of Charles I - Christiaen van Vianen ; A Cabinet from Paris ; Ohrmuschelstil und Knorpelwerk.

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Item Number: 146469
Title: Dura-Europos
Author: Baird, Jennifer
Price: $88.00
ISBN: 9781472522115
Record created on 08/11/17
Description: London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 221pp. illus.

Summary: Dura-Europos on the Syrian Euphrates was the subject of extensive excavations in the 1920s and 30s by French and American archaeologists, and is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Roman Near East. A Seleucid, Parthian, and Roman site, its place between East and West is a vexed question in both the ancient and modern worlds. The site was home to at least nineteen sanctuaries, amongst them a Synagogue and Christian building, and from inscriptions, parchments, and graffiti many languages are attested, including Greek, Latin, Persian, Palmyrene, and Hebrew. This book provides an overview of the site and its history, situating Dura-Europos in its geographical, historical, and intellectual contexts, tracing the story of the site and its afterlives in scholarly and popular perceptions. Based on the author's work excavating at the site with the Mission Franco-Syrienne d'Europos-Doura and extensive archival research, the volume draws together threads of Dura-Europos' legacy and significance, and discusses how the multicultural, religiously plural and polyglot site has been recovered and shaped by archaeology. (Archaeological Histories)

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Item Number: 149371
Title: Jüdische Schweiz : 50 Objekte erzählen Geschichte. Jewish Switzerland : 50 Objects Tell Their Stories
Author: Battegay, Caspar ; Naomi Lubrich
Price: $49.50
ISBN: 9783856168476
Record created on 07/30/18
Description: Basel: Christoph Merian Verlag, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 232pp., 50 color illus. German-English text.

Summary: A journey through Switzerland’s Jewish history. Ritual objects, tools, documents and books from the oldest cultural minority Jews make up the oldest cultural minority on the territory of today’s Switzerland, having a history that extends back to Antiquity. Jews were welcomed and persecuted in Switzerland, alternately, recruited and harassed, emancipated and controlled. Fifty objects, most of them from the collection of the Jewish Museum, tell of the relations between Jews and Non-Jews from Roman times to the present. What do tiny dice, a tea service, students’ beer mugs, a Torah roll, the kipa with football motifs or inconspicuous objects tell us about the history of the Jews? The histories of the objects provide insight into Swiss history that becomes high in contrast when seen from the perspective of its most-discussed minority.

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Item Number: 148992
Title: BARBARA BOSWORTH : The Heavens
Author: Kelley, Margot Anne (et al)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9781942185406
Record created on 05/24/18
Description: Santa Fe: Radius Books, 2018. 33cm., hardcover, 200pp., 60 images.

Summary: A follow-up to her successful 2015 book The Meadow, this project focuses on Boston-based photographer Barbara Bosworth’s (born 1953) images of the moon, sun and sky. Made over the past several years with an 8×10 camera, the star images are hour-long exposures with the camera mounted on a clock drive. The sun and moon images are made with a telescope attached to her camera. Speaking of her inspiration for these images, Bosworth writes: “Every clear night of the summer my father would go out for a walk to look at the night sky. Many nights I would join him. We knew the North Star, and the Big Bear, but the rest became our own. At times we stood still for an hour or more to watch for shooting stars. We had no agenda. It was all about amazement at a sky full of stars. With this sense of wonder, I began making photographs of the Heavens. In these days of the Hubble Telescope and its spectacular imagery from deep space, I wanted a reminder of the mystery of our own night sky.” The book also includes facsimile editions of three artist’s books that Bosworth has made as a nod to Galileo’s 17th-century publications in which he first observed the skies through a telescope.

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Item Number: 147201
Title: Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of A Royal Palace
Author: Brindle, Steven (ed)
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 9781909741249
Record created on 11/01/17
Description: London: Royal Collection Trust, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 560pp., 600 color illus.

Summary: When we envision the British monarchy, one of the first things that comes to mind is Buckingham Palace, with its gilded gates and changing of the guard. But it is Windsor Castle that can claim pride of place as the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, dating to the earliest days of the monarchy, a symbol of strength and magnificence over a nearly thousand-year history of sieges and soirées alike. Witness to both great moments in the country’s history and those that threatened to destroy it, the castle has become a symbol of English culture—and architecture. Throughout England’s history, Windsor Castle has stood fast and evolved, much like the monarchy that inhabits it to this day. The magisterial Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace illuminates the castle’s past using evidence from archaeological investigation and documentary sources, and is illustrated with paintings, drawings, and both historical and specially commissioned contemporary photographs, as well as stunning reconstructions of the castle’s past appearance which bring this essential piece of English history to life.

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Item Number: 149409
Title: Arenberg : Portrait of a Family, Story of a Collection
Author: Derez, Mark (et al)
Price: $98.00
ISBN: 9782503581156
Record created on 08/14/18
Available October 2018
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, ca. 384pp., 380 color illus.

Summary: The Arenberg lineage belongs to the high nobility, whose estates, interests and familial connections have traditionally extended across borders. Through their prominent military role in European conflicts, the Arenbergs derived power, prowess and prestige. Their royal standing was equally reflected in the highly superior quality of their art collection, as they commissioned works from contemporaries such as Rubens, Van Dyck, and later Watteau. In the nineteenth century, the Duke of Arenberg’s newly established gallery in his palace in Brussels was renowned for its Flemish and Dutch masters, such as Brueghel and Jordaens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, and was explicitly recommended as a private museum in travel guides of the time: Vaut le voyage! This exceptional collection is also indicative of the practice of collecting art and promoting artists which has long been an integral part of the culture of nobility.

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Item Number: 147442
Title: Divine Conception: The Art of the Annunciation
Author: Drummond, Sarah
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 9781911604112
Record created on 11/28/17
Description: Lodon: Unicorn Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 176pp., 130 color illus.

Summary: Divine Conception: The Art of the Annunciation asks the questions: How to evoke the invisible in the visible? How to convey the divine in the human? Focussing on twelve specific aspects of the Annunciation (for instance, where Mary is reading, or where Joseph is present at the event), the book explores images (paintings, illuminated manuscripts, ivories, mosaics, sculpture, wall paintings, metal work) in the context of the period when they were made. Each chapter reflects on contemporaneous treatises, sermons, patron’s requirements, devotional practices, artistic conventions, theological concerns, that informed the artist and his audience. The works of art discussed relate to the Latin West from the earliest times, with a cut-off date towards the middle of the 16th century.

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Item Number: 140204
Title: The Politics of Water in the Art and Festivals of Medici Florence : From Neptune Fountain to Naumachia
Author: Else, Felicia M
Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9781472410795
Record created on 02/29/16
Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 226pp., 32 color, 76 b&w illus.

Summary: The first book to tell the dynamic story of one dynasty's struggle with water, to control its flow and manage its representation, this interdisciplinary study pivots on two well-known water-related Medici creations, Bartolomeo Ammannati's Neptune Fountain (1560-1574) in the Piazza della Signoria, the first public fountain in Florence since antiquity, and the Naumachia, or naval battle, staged by Ferdinando I in the courtyard of the Palazzo Pitti for his wedding to Christine of Lorraine in 1589. Water was tied to politics, whether in the form of water management policies or in the alliances with the Hapsburgs and Papacy against a Turkish threat. Felicia Else analyzes how the Medici progressed from its first water-related initiatives under Cosimo I to its full realization under Ferdinando I, drawing on a wealth of visual and documentary material. She brings new insights to the vital role festival decorations played in the development of water-related images and engineering feats in the Florentine repertoire, while tying in lesser-known celebrations and the influences of festivals and courts outside of Florence. On a broader level, the book engages with issues that are relevant beyond Medici Florence of the sixteenth century-the nature of festivals and political power; the necessities of geographic knowledge and engineering in an expanding world and the tenuous relationship of water and civilization.

Contents: 1. The Arrival of Cosimo’s Neptune: Early Works and Influences from Abroad. 2. Art and Festival: The Neptune Fountain in the Piazza della Signoria and the Entrata of Johanna of Austria in 1565. 3. Granducal Florence and the Age of Francesco I, 1566–1587: Courtly Pleasures and the Decline of Public Authority. 4. A Revitalized Age: Ferdinand I and the Wedding of 1589. (European Festival Studies: 1450–1700)

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Item Number: 147732
Title: LOUISE FISHMAN
Author: D'Souza, Aruna
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9781944316082
Record created on 12/26/17
Description: New York: Cheim & Read, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 134pp., 48 color illus.

Summary: This publication brings together a characteristically wide-ranging group of new works by painter Louise Fishman (born 1939). The paintings in this volume all appear as spontaneous improvisations upon an implied grid, but vary widely in scale (from 4 x 6 inches to 96 inches wide) and method. Paint is troweled, squeezed from the tube, diluted into a wash, pressed on with a sheet of paper and pulled off. The mediums include oil, watercolor, egg tempera, colored pencil, ink and graphite. The varied nature of Fishman’s work can be explained by a simple statement from the artist herself: “My intention, always, was to not repeat a painting, was to not repeat aspects of paintings. My intention in painting is to keep discovering and to keep changing”.

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Item Number: 149407
Title: Capolavori del Trecento. Il cantiere di Giotto, Spoleto e l’Appennino
Author: Garibaldi, Vittoria ; Alessandro Delpriori (eds)
Price: $67.50
ISBN: 9788894971026
Record created on 08/14/18
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Description: Perugia: Quattroemme, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 363pp. with numerous color plates. Exhibition catalogue. Italian text.

Summary: The exhibition "Capolavori del Trecento. Il cantiere di Giotto, Spoleto e l'Appennino" includes about 70 artworks, mainly early fourteenth century gold backgrounds and sculptures, from prestigious domestic and international collections at four exhibition venues: in Trevi the Museo di San Francesco, in Spoleto the Museo Diocesano - Basilica di Sant'Eufemia and the Museo Nazionale del Ducato, in Montefalco the San Francesco Museum Complex. The Spazio Arte Valcasana in Scheggino will be featuring an exciting overview on the pattern of churches, parishes, hermitages and abbeys in Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo and Lazio where artists inspired by Giotto worked between the end of the thirteenth and the early fourteenth century, connected by means of organised routes which will allow for the discovery of enchanting locations and works of art. The permanent collections of the hosting museums are linked with unique masterpieces, some of them on loan for the first time. It is worth mentioning the two altar frontals from the state rooms of His Holiness the Pope, both of them from Montefalco, masterfully restored for the occasion in the Vatican Museum workshops; or the extraordinary connection between the Tryptic with the Coronation of the Virgin by the Maestro di Cesi and the Crucifix with Christus triumphans, both of them painted for the monastery of Santa Maria della Stella in Spoleto, currently separated, one being at the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris and the other at the Museo del Ducato in Spoleto. For the first time since the beginning of the nineteenth century they will be on display together. Between the thirteenth and the fourteenth century, Umbria was the venue of a major medieval artistic revolution. This exceptional exhibition presents a selection of artistic culture from this period. Its reconstruction of the corpus of artworks by anonymous masters, including the Maestro delle Palazze, the Maestro di Sant'Alò, Maestro di San Felice di Giano, Maestro di Cesi, Maestro di San Ponziano, Maestro della Croce di Trevi, Maestro della Croce di Visso, Maestro di Fossa, most of them both painters and sculptors, sheds light on a painting academy which is not very well known, in spite of its great cultural interest.

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Item Number: 143502
Title: My Soul Has Grown Deep : Art from the Black South
Author: Griffey, Randall (et al
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9781588396099
Record created on 10/27/16
Description: New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 240pp., 200 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: My Soul HasGrown Deep considers the art-historical significance of self-taught Black artists, many working under conditions of poverty and isolation, in the American South. It features paintings and drawings, mixed-media and sculptural works, and quilts, including pieces ranging from the pioneering paintings of Thornton Dial (1928–2016) to the renowned quilts made in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Nearly 60 remarkable examples—originally collected by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation—are illustrated alongside insightful texts that situate them in the context of rural Southern life, simultaneously revealing their counterintuitive connections to mainstream contemporary art while considering them on their own terms. Art historians Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, and Amelia Peck illuminate the artists’ novel use of found or salvaged materials and the striking graphic aesthetic of the quilts, while a thoughtful essay by novelist Darryl Pinckney provides the historical and political context of the American South, during and after the Civil Rights era, in which this art is grounded. Each of the 60 works, described and outstandingly illustrated, tells a remarkable story of artists who faced enormous difficulties, and whose creativity and determination produced extraordinary and unique forms of artistic expression.

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Item Number: 147885
Title: Rood Screens
Author: Hayman, Richard
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 9781784422943
Record created on 01/14/18
Description: London: Bloomsbury Shire, 2018. 21cm., pbk., 64pp. illus.

Summary: The rood screen was used to divide the nave and chancel--the secular and the sacred--in parish churches in the Middle Ages. The screen was a visual spectacle, adorned with images of saints and surmounted by the rood--an image of Christ on the cross flanked by the Blessed Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist--above which was a painting of the Day of Judgement. Most screens were constructed of wood, and are masterpieces of the woodcarver's craft with intricate decoration, and yet were robust enough to support a loft. Steep stone stairs in the church wall gave access to the loft, from where roods were covered in Lent and candles were lit on festive occasions. The rood loft was also a stage where mystery plays were performed, and where musicians played. During the Reformation the roods of most of the nation's screens were taken down. The survivors, often with their images defaced, were lovingly restored and repainted in the nineteenth century. Rood screens can be found in most parts of the country, in parish churches large and small. (Shire Library)

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Item Number: 146146
Title: Florentiner Malerei – Alte Pinakothek : Die Gemälde des 14. bis 16. Jahrhunderts
Author: Hojer, Annette (et al)
Price: $135.00
ISBN: 9783422074132
Record created on 07/03/17
Description: München: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 744pp., 750 color illus. German text.

Summary: The catalogue of Florentine paintings in the Alte Pinakothek covers one of the internationally most important collections of paintings at the centre of the Renaissance. Some 80 works, including panels by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Sarto, have been thoroughly examined, art historically and technologically, for the first time. The written contributions present new findings on the attribution, provenance, iconography and the history of the genre and function. Analyses of materials and painting techniques explore the artists' working methods and enable a better understanding of correlations that led to a change of technique and style. Four introductory essays focus on the specific characteristics of Florentine painting seen in the light of current research on the art of the early modern era in Italy. The opulent inventory catalogue presents the results of an interdisciplinary research project at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen and the Doerner Institut that was generously sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation.

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Item Number: 146540
Title: FRIDA KAHLO' s Wardrobe
Author: Wilcox, Claire (ed)
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9781851779604
Record created on 08/18/17
Description: London: V&A Publishing, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 256pp., 250 color illus.

Summary: Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), as an artist and a woman, has a unique international appeal. Her instantly recognizable work draws extensively on her life and her extraordinarily personal reflections upon it. On Kahlo’s death, her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957), ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until 15 years after his death. The bathroom in which her belongings were stored in fact remained unopened until 2004. Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe gives readers a unique window into Kahlo’s life. It will focus on the personal, combining her prosthetics, jewelry, and clothes with self-portraits, diary entries, and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs.

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Item Number: 149411
Title: The Locus of Meaning in Medieval Art : Iconography, Iconology, and Interpreting the Visual Imagery of the Middle Ages
Author: Liepe, Lena Eva (ed)
Price: $129.00
ISBN: 9781580443432
Record created on 08/14/18
Available October 2018
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Description: Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 321pp. illus.

Summary: This book addresses the status and relevance of iconography and iconology in the post-Panofskian study of medieval art. These disciplines remain crucial for the continued praxis in the discipline. The essays within this collection demonstrate the continued usefulness of iconography and iconology as analytical strategies, and propose alternative approaches to investigating themeaning of medieval art.

Contents: The Study of Iconography and Iconology of Medieval Art - A Historiographic Survey by Lena Liepe ; Panopticon of Art History - Some Notes on Iconology, Interpretation, and Fears by Elina Räsänen ; Iconography and Anthropology - A Re-Evaluation of the Panofskian Model with an Anthropological Perspective by Soren Kaspersen ; Visual Metaphors, Reinforcing Attributes, and Panofsky's Primary Level of Interpretation by Jan von Bonsdorff ; The Image as Contact Medium - Mediation, Multimodality, and Haptics in Medieval Imagery by Hans Henrik Lohfert Jorgensen ; Understanding Islamic Features in Norwegian Romanesque Architecture by Kjartan Hauglid ; Looking at the Ladies - An Intervisual Approach to the Portraits of Jeanne de France, the Virgin, and St. Anne in the Lamoignon Hours (ca. 1415) by Ragnhild Bo ; Iconography and Visions - St. Birgitta's Revelation of the Nativity of Christ by Maria H. Oen. (Studies in Iconography: Themes and Variations)

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Item Number: 148805
Title: Palace of State: The Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Author: Luebke, Thomas E. (ed)
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9781625343628
Record created on 04/29/18
Description: Washington DC: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 272pp., 272 color, 208 b&w illus.

Summary: Towering over the White House, the colossal granite Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) was first constructed to house the departments of State, War, and Navy in the nineteenth century, and it now serves as the home of the Executive Office of the President. Having outlasted decades of plans threatening alteration or outright demolition, the building survives as one of the foremost examples of Second Empire design in the United States. Palace of State details the building's rich architectural and historical legacy -- from the beginnings of federal civic architecture in Washington to its construction as the world's largest office building after the Civil War, and culminating in the recently completed restoration process that began in the 1980s. Featuring beautifully rendered architectural drawings, historic images, and lush contemporary photography, this illustrated history presents a comprehensive study of an iconic landmark that continues to serve in its role as a monumental setting for statecraft.

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Item Number: 147690
Title: PIERO DI COSIMO : Painter of Faith and Fable
Author: Geronimus, Dennis ; Michael W. Kwakkelstein (eds)
Price: $153.00
ISBN: 9789004363052
Record created on 12/21/17
Available December 2018, further details forthcoming
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Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, ca. 300pp., 116 color illus.

Summary: The year 2015 could rightly be called “The Year of Piero di Cosimo.” Piero’s (1462-1522) critical fortunes have been much revived and his admirers’ sense of curiosity piqued by two exhibitions, Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence, organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (February 1-May 3, 2015), and Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522): Pittore fiorentino ‘eccentrico’ fra Rinascimento e Maniera, subsequently hosted by the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (June 22-September 27, 2015). Together, the exhibitions marked and celebrated a pair of firsts: The first-ever major retrospectives devoted entirely to Piero’s artistic career and the first joint-exhibition collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and the Uffizi in the distinguished history of the two institutions. It could be said that the study of Piero di Cosimo belongs no less to the history of imagination than to the history of art. As was true for Giorgio Vasari five centuries ago, Piero’s highly personal visual language remains a moving target for modern scholars. Yet, as surprising and alluringly strange as his pictorial solutions appear, it may be claimed that we have never known or understood as much about Piero as we do today. Freed from the powerful spell of Vasari’s biography-cum-cautionary tale, the Piero that emerges is not solely a conjurer of the uncanny, but a sensitive observer of the natural and manmade worlds, humans and beasts, surfaces and coloristic effects, phenomena material and ephemeral. The complementary exhibitions in Washington and Florence, then, signified both a continuing journey and a destination, bringing together and, in many cases, reuniting paintings that have been separated for many decades, if not centuries. The conference from which the thirteen essays in the present volume emerge provided a forum for international scholars to continue the ongoing conversation and, above all, to ask new questions. The latter address Piero’s relationship to his artistic contemporaries, north and south of the Alps, across a variety of media; the master’s Marian imagery; his intellectual engagement with classical traditions; the dual themes of naturalism and exoticism; and the latest technical findings, gleaned from the most recent conservation efforts. Topics of investigation thus range as broadly as Piero’s own versatile production, uniting diverse fields and methods, traversing regional boundaries, and, on occasion, venturing far beyond Florence’s city walls, into the wild. (NIKI Studies in Netherlandish-Italian Art History, 12)

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Item Number: 149408
Title: (RUBENS) Allegories and Subjects from Literature
Author: Büttner, N
Price: $315.00
ISBN: 9781909400979
Record created on 08/14/18
Available Winter 2018-19
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Description: Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2018. 2 vols. 27cm., hardcover, ca. 650pp., 100 color, 200 b&w illus.

Summary: Rubens had a profound impact on the visual culture of his age. He was admired not only as a painter but also for his learning, for the knowledge of classical literature and imagery which he exploited so brilliantly in arresting and powerful pictures. Rubens was particularly drawn to allegory, to the use of personified figures, sometimes in combination with the gods of the ancient pantheon and certain humans (historical individuals), to express concepts, ideals and even political messages. A contemporary praised him for using in his allegorical compositions ‘only symbols of Antiquity, thus popularising the coins and other monuments of the ancient world', but Rubens adapted ancient symbolism to new effect, with the aim of creating pictures whose essential meaning would be the more accessible for it. This volume presents works that Ludwig Burchard (1886–1960) planned to include in his catalogue raisonné under the heading ‘Allegories and Subjects from Literature’. It features some of the artist’s most celebrated paintings, as well as some lesser-known or recently discovered items. The themes range from nature’s abundance to the dangers of excess, from human love to political expediency, triumph and the celebration of religion. It includes masterpieces as diverse in tone as the Shivering Venus (Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten) and the Horrors of War (Florence, Palazzo Pitti), memorably described by a great historian as ‘the immortal and unforgettable frontispiece to the Thirty Years’ War’. As well as an introduction to the subject, the catalogue provides extensive analyses of each work, revealing Rubens’ literary and visual references. The circumstances surrounding the making and display of every item are investigated and considered alongside the artist’s own creative process, since knowledge of the intended context and the early viewing conditions of Rubens’ works is so important to the understanding of their significance. Thus particular attention is paid to provenance, not only for the works themselves, but for the copies made after them. (Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, Volume 12)

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Item Number: 149410
Title: TADDEO DI BARTOLO
Author: Solberg, Gail Elizabeth
Price: $260.00
ISBN: 9781909400818
Record created on 08/14/18
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Description: Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2018. 2 vols. 30cm., hardcover, ca. 500pp., 300 olor, 123 b&w illus.

Summary: A new history of Sienese painting from 1380 to 1420. Taddeo di Bartolo, Siena’s premier painter in the years around 1400, is the focus of a cultural history of a great Italian school in an understudied period. His patrons commissioned important fresco cycles and the most impressive polyptychs of the age. In part a travelogue, the text follows Taddeo (ca 1362-1422) from training in straitened times at Siena across central and northern Italy. Ten years of itinerancy drew him to various Tuscan centers, along the Ligurian coast from Genoa to Provence, probably to Padua, and into Umbria. About 1399 he resettled at Siena to rapidly become the preferred painter of his commune. His mural cycles made a greater imprint on Siena’s civic iconography than has been acknowledged while his efficient Sienese shop produced outstanding panel paintings for, among others, the most dynamic religious orders. Until his last years he received grand commissions in and from beyond Siena. He drew a pope’s portrait and was employed by a cardinal at Rome. Attention to his production methods shows how his busy shop ensured variety in numerous paintings for mid-level clients by a flexible design system. Taddeo’s works, including rediscovered and reconstructed paintings, come alive in beautiful illustrations. This chronicle of an indefatigable and successful late medieval career positions the painter, his colleagues, and his patrons in their political, economic, and social circumstances. It provides new insights on Siena’s artistic culture at the start of the Renaissance.

Contents: Part I. Emergence - Chapter 1. Esordio: Taddeo's Early Life and Late Trecento Painting at Siena. Chapter 2. Juvenalia: Collegalli, San Gimignano, and San Miniato. Part II. Travel! The Decade of the 1390s - Chapter 3. To 1393: Florence, Lucca, Pisa, and Padua - Chapter 4. Genoa and Liguria. - Chapter 5. Pisa Again - Chapter 6. Genoa and Liguria Again. Part III. Dipentore Nostro: Siena - Chapter 7. The Cathedral - Chapter 8. The Palazzo Pubblico Chapel - Chapter 9. The Palazzo Pubblico 'Antechapel' - Chapter 10. The Last Civic Commissions and Taddeo di Bartolo's Contemporaries. Part IV. Acclamation with Panel Paintings: Altarpieces after 1400 - Chapter 11. The Assumption Triptych for the Aragazzi at Montepulciano - Chapter 12. The Double-sided Heptaptych for the Franciscans at Perugia - Chapter 13. The Heptaptych for the Dominicans at Gubbio - Chapter 14. Other Panel Paintings from 1400 to c.1410. Part V. Completion: The Last Years.

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