Hardcover with a coloured dust jacket, sized 23 x 27.5cm with 288 pages.
The first major volume on the history of the portrait from Masaccio to Andy Warhol
Designed for use by those interested in art, art historians, collectors of art and antiques.
The contemporary volume is illustrated throughout with the portraits described with bright and comprehensible language to suit the vast audience to which this book is aimed, all those interested in the Flemish, Italian, German, English, French, Spanish and Dutch portraits.
After an introduction on the fortunes of the portrait through the centuries, the author examines the diverse portrait layouts: the donor, the face in profile, the ideal or lifelike image of the woman and man, the equestrian portrait and of the portraits of distinguished men, that of the court and of the consorts, the double portrait and the standing one, the image in the mirror, the self-portrait, the look and the problems associated with the visual and psychological perception. Then follows the chapters on the evolution of the portrait in the different countries, with particular regard to the artists and to their more innovative moments. The investigation weaves with the history of the thought, of the literature, of the preference and of the collector, with the Fastis of the courts and with the official exaltation of power, with the feeling of the life and death and the idea of the memory, with the allegory and the legend, with the elevation of the aesthetical talents, professional and intellectual of the individual, closing with the description of the "impulses of the mind" and the psychology. The texts support a rich array of illustrations, many unpublished, derived from museums and collections from around the world. The book concludes with illustrated tables, indexes and bibliographies.
288 Pages with more than 300 illustrations in colour. The volume is hardcover and comes with a slip case and coloured dust jacket.
Canaletto remains, in the imaginary collective, the greatest Italian artist of the seventeenth century. The photographic accuracy of the his paintings of Venice, Rome, London, and the charm of his whims with ruins makes him one of the legends in the history of art and one of the greatest artists of all times. The large exhibitions in Italy and the United States, plus the strong interest of antiquaries and collectors have contributed towards the legend.
This splendid volume, rich in large size plates, illustrates 139 masterpieces of Canaletto, with text by Terisio Pignatti. They identify the works and bring you up-to-date with the current status of the illustrated paintings, deriving from collections and museums all over the world, and rarely reproduced even in more recent publications. A volume that has become the cornerstone in the studies on the great Venetian teacher and, with this new edition, will become another important point of reference.
216 Pages with 139 plates in colour and black and white. The volume, presented in a slipcase, is bound in cloth with a coloured dust jacket. Sized 32 x 45.5cm.