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New titles week of 11/19/2018: Found 2 titles

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Item Number: 149367
Title: Auferweckung am Arno : CIRO FERRIS "Wunder des hl. Zenobius"
Author: Swoboda, Gudrun ; Ina Slama
Price: $5.48    Original Price: $10.95
ISBN: 9783990201763
Record created on 07/27/2018
Description: Wien: Kunsthistorisches Museum, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 26pp. illus. Exhibition catalogue. German text.

Summary: The Kunsthistorisches Museum is showing The Miracle of Saint Zenobius, a little-known masterpiece by the versatile artist Ciro Ferri (Rome, 1633-1689). Ferri was the most important pupil and collaborator of Pietro da Cortona, one of the inventors of the Roman High Baroque. This versatile painter, sculptor and producer of architectural drawings worked mainly in Rome, Florence and Bergamo, where he greatly influenced young artists. Recent research has revealed that Ferri’s monumental picture boasts a highly prestigious provenance: it was painted for Principe Leopoldo de’Medici, the family’s most important patron and collector in the seventeenth century, and presented in the Palazzo Pitti in 1665. Family connections between the Medici and the Habsburgs (i.e. dynastic marriages) brought the painting to Vienna in the seventeenth century. The composition depicts St Zenobius, the first bishop of Florence who was already venerated as the city’s patron saint in the Middle Ages. Ferri shows him stopping during a procession to listen to the pleas of a woman to bring back to life the youth lying before her on the ground. A careful iconographic analysis carried out in connection with this exhibition revealed that Ferri was intimately familiar with, and skilfully interpreted, the legend that forms the basis for his composition. Working for an erudite and cultured patron, he knew that subtle references to other paintings would be both understood and welcome, and his solution to the problem of rendering a figure hovering between life and death appreciated. (Ansichtssache, 22)

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Item Number: 148674
Title: Accademia Carrara Bergamo : Dipinti del Trecento e del Quattrocento : Catalogo completo
Author: Valagussa, Giovanni (ed)
Price: $97.50
ISBN: 9788899765682
Record created on 04/13/2018
Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 356pp., 115 color, 200 b&w illus.

Summary: Questo tomo, dedicato alle 115 opere del Trecento e del Quattrocento, è il primo di una serie che vedrà la catalogazione sistematica di tutti i dipinti conservati all’Accademia Carrara, il più grande museo d’arte di Bergamo e una delle più importanti pinacoteche dell’Italia settentrionale. L’organizzazione del catalogo segue l’articolazione delle principali aree geografiche rappresentate in pinacoteca, individuando tre macro-aree: Lombardia, Veneto, Italia centrale e Toscana. All’interno di ciascuna delle tre aree i dipinti sono seriati in sequenza cronologica, in modo da seguire una narrazione godibile dell’evoluzione della pittura in ciascun contesto. Tra i numerosi artisti rappresentati, spiccano Antonello da Messina, Jacopo e Giovanni Bellini, Bergognone, Sandro Botticelli, Vittore Carpaccio, Vincenzo Foppa, Andrea Mantegna, Pinturicchio, Pisanello, Cosmè Tura. Ciascuna scheda presenta un’immagine a colori e a piena pagina dell’opera ed è dotata di un apparato tecnico sui dati materiali esterni e di un testo di analisi sull’iconografia, la conservazione, la vicenda critica, la discussione attributiva; sono inoltre presenti numerose immagini di confronto. Il team di storici dell’arte chiamati a redigere le schede di catalogo, sotto la curatela del conservatore Giovanni Valagussa, ne garantisce l’autorevolezza scientifica e ne fa uno strumento fondamentale per la conoscenza e la cura di un patrimonio straordinariamente vario come quello dell’Accademia Carrara.

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