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New titles week of 12/10/2018: Found 31 titles

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Item Number: 149737
Title: FILIPPO ABBIATI regista del Barocco in Lombardia
Author: Ferro, Filippo Maria ; Marina Dell'Omo
Price: $42.50
ISBN: 9788868572396
Record created on 12/01/2018
Description: Novara: Interlinea, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 303pp. illus.

Summary: Filippo Abbiati (Milano 1640-1715) è stato, insieme con Andrea Lanzani e il Legnanino, tra i maggiori pittori milanesi del secondo Seicento lombardo e ha operato anche a Novara. Per la prima volta si raccolgono gli studi e le opere su questo gran regista del Barocco lombardo, tra committenze pubbliche e collezioni private, con inediti e novità provenienti dai documenti ritrovati. Si offre l'attività grafica e il catalogo dei dipinti con notizie dalle quadrerie private oltre a una rassegna delle opere perdute, disperse e non identificate. Infine un regesto dettagliato. "La sua inclinazione a un barocco sontuoso, che aveva caratterizzato con convinzione l'avvio ceranesco e alimentato la sua vis drammatica, verrà presto archiviato per dar luogo e voce alle orchestre dello Spatbarock e a una fioritura che tocca, con la Lombardia e l'Italia Settentrionale, l'Europa tutta, in una koinè di linguaggio tanto estesa da rammentare per diffusione solo il precedente del gotico fiorito. Le grandi macchine allestite da Filippo Abbiati, l'azzardo della sua regie e dei suoi effetti speciali sembrano trascorrere nell'oblio. Eppure una premonizione, quasi una profezia vichiana, rimane sospesa, attiva e tenace, tra le navate del Duomo, in palazzi e cattedrali romaniche, sul sito del carcere di Zebedia e attorno al monile barbarico di Monza: in attesa della coppia Manzoni-Hayez" (Filippo Maria Ferro). (I Segni, 26)

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Item Number: 148413
Title: Artisti e committenti lucchesi : Del Seicento a Roma : Atti del convegno Roma, Bibliotheca Hertziana, 25 magio 2016
Author: Albl, Stefan ; Sybille Ebert Schifferer ; Michele Nicolaci (eds)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9788833670003
Record created on 03/20/2018
Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 288pp., 24 color, 165 b&w illus.

Summary: Il volume raccoglie gli atti del convegno internazionale tenutosi a Roma presso la Bibliotheca Hertziana - Istituto Max Planck per la Storia dell'arte (Pittori lucchesi del Seicento a Roma) che ha visto la partecipazione di esperti internazionali di pittura lucchese e ha prodotto un significativo incremento dello stato delle conoscenze in materia. I contributi offrono uno spaccato inedito e un aggiornamento imprescindibile sulle presenze degli artisti lucchesi a Roma nel corso del XVII secolo. Molti infatti furono gli artisti nati e formatisi a Lucca a giungere nella capitale pontificia nel corso del Seicento per risiedervi a lungo talvolta conquistando un ruolo spesso non marginale nella scena artistica contemporanea. Altri, attraverso la formazione romana o il soggiorno più o meno prolungato nell'Urbe contribuirono ad aggiornare la pittura lucchese alle ultime tendenze una volta rientrati in patria. Oltre a presentare le novità documentarie e attributive riguardanti i singoli artefici, il volume ambisce a fornire un quadro complessivo dei complessi aspetti legati alle committenze romane (o maturate a Roma) delle principali famiglie aristocratiche lucchesi (Buonvisi, Spada, Franciotti, Garbesi), della fitta rete di rapporti intessuta dalla "nazione" lucchese, nonché delle specifiche professionalità e degli interessi culturali ed economici dei cittadini dell'ultima repubblica toscana residenti nell'Urbe. Tra le figure di artisti lucchesi attivi a Roma nel corso del Seicento si prendono in esame in particolare le figure di Girolamo Massei, Pietro Sigismondi, Paolo Biancucci, Paolo Guidotti Borghese, Pietro Paolini, Pietro Testa, Giovanni Marracci, Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli.

Contents: Maria Teresa Filieri, Riflessioni sulla mostra La pittura a Lucca nel primo Seicento ; Alessandro Zuccari, Antesignani lucchesi a Roma. Massei e Guidotti nei cicli pittorici del tardo Cinquecento ; Michele Nicolaci, Aggiornamenti per Paolo Guidotti Borghese tra Roma e Lucca ; Patrizia Giusti Maccari, Pietro Paolini prima dell' "espatriamento" a Roma. Formazione e cultura ; Stefania Macioce, Musica Picta - i concerti dipinti di Pietro Paolini ; Oriane Lavit, Horace Le Blanc (vers 1575-1637) et son atelier - itinéraires de peintreis lucquois entre Lyon et Rome ; Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini, Francesco Buonamici (1592-1677) - gli anni degli esordi tra Lucca e Roma, disegno e architettura - le scene del Sant'Alessio barberiniano ; Giovanna Perini Folesani, Pietro Testa, capro espiatorio di querelles accademiche francesi ; Stefan Albl, Santa Croce e Bonaventura, la chiesa nazionale dei lucchesi a Roma. Dalla fondazione al 1704 ; Denis Ton, I Lucchesi a Roma e la corrente neoveneziana l Alberto Ambrosini, Da Roma a Lucca - Cosimo Fancelli, Paolo Lipparelli e la riqualificazione del Tempietto del Volto ; Paola Betti, Per passione e per lustro. La collezione del cardinale Orazio Filippo Spada ; Emanuele Pellegrini, Dentro le case di Lucca ; Stefan Albl, Panopticon lucchese. Luigi Lanzi e la pittura a Lucca nel Seicento ; Patrizia Giusti Maccari, Michele Nicolaci, La descrizione della Libertà Lucchese di Paolo Guidotti ; Stefan Albl, La lettera di Giacomo Sardini a Luigi Lanzi sulla pittura a Lucca del 1795 ; Paola Betti, Acquisti e tentativi di vendita di Francesco e Orazio Filippo Spada sul mercato artistico romano al finire del Seicento.

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Item Number: 149749
Title: Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples : Politics, Communication and Culture
Author: Cecere, Domenico (et al)
Price: $69.50
ISBN: 9788867286454
Record created on 12/13/2018
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Description: Roma: Viella, 2018. 23cm., hardcover, 262pp.

Summary: This volume deals with natural disasters in late medieval and early modern central and southern Italy. Contributions look at a range of catastrophic events such as eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, floods, earthquakes, and outbreaks of plague and epidemics. A major aim of this volume is to investigate the relationship between catastrophic events and different communication strategies that embraced politics, religion, propaganda, dissent, scholarship as well as collective responses from the lower segments of society. The contributors to this volume share a multidisciplinary approach to the study of natural disasters which draws on disciplines such as cultural and social history, anthropology, literary theory, and linguistics. Together with analyzing the prolific production of propagandistic material and literary sources issued in periods of acute crisis, the documentation on disasters studied in this volume also includes laws and emergency regulations, petitions and pleas to the authorities, scientific and medical treatises, manuscript and printed newsletters as well as diplomatic dispatches and correspondence.

Contents: Chiara De Caprio, Narrating Disasters: Writers and Texts Between Historical Experience and Narrative Discourse || Francesco Montuori, Voices of the "totale eccidio": On the Lexicon of Earthquakes in the Kingdom (1456-1784) || Rita Fresu, "The Water Ran with Such Force". The Representation of Floods in the Early Modern Era: Textual Configurations, Conceptual Models, Linguistic Aspects || Pierluigi Terenzi, Earthquakes, Society and Politics in L'Aquila in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries || Francesco Senatore, Survivors' Voices: Coping with the Plague of 1478-1480 in Southern Italian Rural Communities || Domenico Cecere, Moralising Pamphlets: Calamities, Information and Propaganda in Seventeenth-Century Naples || Giancarlo Alfano, The Portrait of Catastrophe: The Image of the City in Seventeenth-century Neapolitan Culture || Lorenza Gianfrancesco, Narratives and Representations of a Disaster in Early Seventeenth-century Naples || Silvana D'Alessio, On the Neapolitan Plague of 1656: Expedients and Remedies || Pasquale Palmieri, Protecting the Faithful City: Disasters and the Cult of the Saints (Naples, 1573-1587) || Giovanni Gugg, The Missing Ex-Voto: Anthropology and Approach to Devotional Practices during the 1631 Eruption of Vesuvius. (Viella Historical Research, 10)

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Item Number: 149717
Title: Winckelmann : Masterpieces throughout the Vatican Museums
Author: Comini, Guido ; Claudia Valeri
Price: $57.50
ISBN: 9788882714307
Record created on 11/23/2018
Description: Vatican City: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 232pp., 192 color illus. Catalogue of the exhibition Winckelmann. Capolavori diffusi nei Musei Vaticani, held at Vatican Museums. English text.

Summary: The 2018 anniversary of the death of the illustrious art historian and archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann constitutes for the Vatican Museums the opportunity to prepare a "diffused" exhibition for which this volume is intended as a concise informative catalogue aimed addressed to the general public of visitors. In addition to the celebration of his person and his aesthetic thought, the leitmotif of the catalogue and exhibition is the great German scholar's relationship with the Pope's Museums during his stay in Rome, and in especially with the treasures preserved here. The themes include his illuminating Roman stay, the systematization of the history of Egyptian art, the importance of Etruscan art, his love of classical art, the influence of Winckelmann's thought on the restoration of ancient works, the experience of direct analysis of the works, attendance of the Vatican Library, and the development of neoclassicism. The catalogue includes the fifty most representative Vatican works in Winckelmann's studies, many of which are presented as an example of the achievement of artistic perfection: the Apollo of the Belvedere, the Laocoön, the Hermes. The works are presented in in-depth technical notes which, in addition to providing basic data - date, location of the find, collocation and inventory numbers - also offer an iconographic and stylistic description enriched by the critical point of view of the German scholar.

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Item Number: 149133
Title: DELACROIX : La liberte d'etre soi
Author: de Font-Reaulx, Dominique
Price: $135.00
ISBN: 9782367490441
Record created on 06/15/2018
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Description: Paris: Cohen & Cohen, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, illus., most in color. French text.

Summary: Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) fut un des plus grands artistes français du XIXe siècle. Sa création artistique, riche, variée, multiple, le distingue. Héros de la génération romantique des années 1820, incarnant par ses succès teintés de scandale le renouveau de la peinture, il fut aussi un des plus grands peintres de décor religieux ou civils, jusqu’à la fin de sa vie. Travaillant seul, n’ayant fondé ni école, ni atelier, il fut pourtant reconnu comme maître et modèle par bien des artistes après lui. Coloriste talentueux, sa pratique du dessin, ignorée de son vivant, fut une des grandes révélations de la vente après son décès. Habité par le génie de la peinture, sûr dès ses plus jeunes années de son talent, il fut tenté par l’écriture, qu’il pratiqua toute sa vie, journal, correspondances, essais théoriques, courtes nouvelles. Cet ouvrage de référence abondamment illustré (plus de 400 reproductions) présentera, de manière transversale, l'ensemble des facettes de ce génie romantique.

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Item Number: 149168
Title: ELMGREEN and DRAGSET : This Is How We Bite Our Tongue
Author: Smith, Laura
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780854882656
Record created on 06/19/2018
Description: London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 192pp., 200 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Since 1995, artists Michael Elmgreen (born 1961) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969) have been producing a body of work at the intersection of art, design and architecture, drawing on subjects as diverse as social politics, personal relationships and institutional critique. Their installations and sculptures reconfigure the everyday with subversive wit and tongue-in-cheek melancholy. Among their best-known works are Prada Marfa (2005), a full-scale replica of a Prada Boutique in the Texan desert; Powerless Structures, Fig. 101 (2012), a giant bronze boy on a rocking horse created for the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square; and Death of a Collector (2009) for the Venice Biennale, featuring a life-size swimming pool complete with a besuited floating body. This catalog journeys through the installations conceived for their first major UK exhibition.

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Item Number: 148930
Title: Donor Portraits in Byzantine Art : The Vicissitudes of Contact between Human and Divine
Author: Franses, Rico
Price: $105.00
ISBN: 9781108418591
Record created on 05/16/2018
Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 260pp., 64 b&w illus.

Summary: This book explores the range of images in Byzantine art known as donor portraits. It concentrates on the distinctive, supplicatory contact shown between ordinary, mortal figures and their holy, supernatural interlocutors. The topic is approached from a range of perspectives, including art history, theology, structuralist and post-structuralist anthropological theory, and contemporary symbol and metaphor theory. Rico Franses argues that the term "donor portraits" is inappropriate for the category of images to which it conventionally refers and proposes an alternative title for the category, contact portraits. He contends that the most important feature of the scenes consists in the active role that they play within the belief systems of the supplicants. They are best conceived of not simply as passive expressions of stable, pre-existing ideas and concepts, but as dynamic proponents in a fraught, constantly shifting landscape. The book is important for all scholars and students of Byzantine art and religion.

Contents: 1. The History and Problematic of the Donor Portrait. 2. On Meaning in Portraits. The Knot of Intention and the Question of the Patron's Share. 3. Awaiting the End after the End. Sin, Absolution, and the Afterlife. 4. Exchange and Non-Exchange. The Gift between Human and Divine. 5. The Literal, the Symbolic, and the Contact Portrait. On Belief in the Interaction between Human and Divine. Postscript- The Problem of Terminology Again. Donor Portraits and Contact Portraits.

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Item Number: 148939
Title: Unheimlich Real : Italienische Malerei der 1920er Jahre
Author: Fricke, A. (et al)
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 9783777430898
Record created on 05/17/2018
Description: München: Hirmer, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, ca. 276pp., 110 color illus. Exhibition held at Museum Folkwang, Essen. German text.

Summary: The 1920s witnessed the emergence in Italy of Realismo Magico, an independent movement that has long been identified with the New Objectivity. Around seventy paintings representing this style can be seen at the Museum Folkwang in autumn 2018, including major pieces by the key figures in the movement, Ubaldo Oppi, Antonio Donghi, and Felice Casorati, which enter into dialogue with works by such artists as Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Carlo Carrà, and Gino Severini. In these pictures, painterly virtuosity never becomes a facile end in itself—the uncanny constantly lurks behind the familiar, and beneath the smooth surface we encounter the abyss. Between melancholy and idyll, between a weariness with civilization and the pathos of progress, the magic realism movement gave rise to some of the most atmospheric paintings of the twentieth century.

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Item Number: 147532
Title: PIERRE GUERIN (1774 - 1833)
Author: Korchane, Mehdi
Price: $110.00
ISBN: 9791092054705
Record created on 12/07/2017
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Description: Paris: Mare et Martin, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 400pp. prof. illus.

Summary: De tous les peintres qui dominent la scène française au début du XIXe siècle, Pierre Guérin est le plus méconnu. L’évolution de la peinture d’histoire du Directoire à la monarchie de Juillet ne peut pourtant se comprendre sans cet artiste capital, passeur entre la modernité de David, qu’il a transformée en l’assimilant, et celle des peintres romantiques qu’il a formés. Guérin doit au Retour de Marcus Sextus, mémorial des peines endurées par la famille France au cours de la Révolution, des débuts mythiques au Salon de 1799, et l’extraordinaire succès de Phèdre et Hippolyte en 1802, lui assure un statut équivalent à celui de Chateaubriand dans la sphère publique. Il produit au cours de l’Empire et de la Restauration des oeuvres qui ont marqué la mémoire collective et occupent, de longue date, les cimaises du musée du Louvre (Aurore et Céphale, Didon et Enée...). Membre de l’Académie de beaux-arts, promoteur d’un beau idéal prenant sa source dans l’Antiquité, tout en favorisant par son action pédagogique l’essor de la peinture romantique, il incarne tous les paradoxes de cette époque en rupture.

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Item Number: 148345
Title: Russia : Art, Royalty and the Romanovs
Author: de Guitaut, Caroline ; Stephen Patterson
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 9781909741553
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: London: Royal Collection Trust, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 496pp., 400 color plates. Exhibition held at The Queen's Gallery, London.

Summary: The histories of the British and Russian royal families have been entwined for centuries. In the first publication to examine the relationship between Britain and Russia using artworks drawn exclusively from the Royal Collection, Russia: Art, Royalty and the Romanovs interweaves the familial, political, diplomatic, and artistic stories of these two nations over more than four hundred years. From initial contacts in the mid-sixteenth century, through alliances, marriages, and two World Wars, up to the current reign, this richly illustrated book gives readers a glimpse into the public and personal dealings of these two fascinating dynasties. With new research on previously unpublished works, including Imperial porcelain, arms, costume, insignia, and photographs, together with paintings by both Russian artists and British artists working in Russia, this will be the first time that the uniquely interlinked narrative of the art connecting the two royal families has been presented in such stunning, lavishly illustrated detail.

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Item Number: 148353
Title: COLIN HUNTER of the Holland Park Circle: His Life and Melbury Road Home
Author: Bell, Godfrey
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 9781911604549
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 200 color plates.

Summary: Colin Hunter (1841­–1904) was a hugely successful Scottish artist who exhibited nearly one hundred works in the Royal Academy over thirty-five years. Especially well-known for his brooding seascapes, Hunter lived at 14 Melbury Road, Kensington, in the heart of the Holland Park Circle among a smart set of famous artists, including Lord Leighton, G. F. Watts, and Sir Luke Fildes, most of whom were both Hunter’s friends and neighbors. In the hundred or so years since Hunter’s death he has—undeservedly—faded into relative obscurity. With Colin Hunter and the Holland Park Set, Godfrey Bell has written the first biography of this fascinating man and his times. With two hundred illustrations of Hunter’s work and life, this book invites us all to rediscover this important artist.

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Item Number: 148530
Title: JASPER JOHNS Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings
Author: Menil Collection
Price: $1,500.00
ISBN: 9780300229349
Record created on 03/28/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Menil Collection, 2018. 5 vols. 31cm., hardcover, slipcase, 1888pp., 870 color illus.

Summary: Six decades of both iconic and intimate works by Jasper Johns (b. 1930), who is still producing at the age of 88, are given their full due in this magnificent multi-volume publication. Featuring exquisite full-page illustrations of all 813 known drawings by Johns, more than 200 of which have not been published or exhibited, the volumes demonstrate how Johns has been instrumental in elevating and establishing drawing as a major medium in contemporary art, and his drawings chart his artistic interests and aesthetic evolution. Five volumes are dedicated to the drawings, documenting materials and listing exhibition and publication histories, and the large-scale reproductions feature special production details. These include the use of special inks, such as a combination with silver for graphite works and custom mixes to represent particular colors, ensuring that the reproductions are as faithful as possible with state-of-the-art printing technology. The sixth volume includes an exhibition chronology and bibliography focused on drawings, as well as indexes to the set. This landmark publication is a must-have for contemporary art collectors, drawings connoisseurs, art reference libraries, and university art departments.

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Item Number: 149461
Title: Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity
Author: Kaplan, Lindsay
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 9780190678241
Record created on 08/27/2018
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 304pp.

Summary: In Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity, M. Lindsay Kaplan expands the study of the history of racism through an analysis of the Christian concept of Jewish hereditary inferiority. Imagined as a figural slavery, this idea anticipates modern racial ideologies in creating a status of permanent, inherent subordination. Unlike other studies of early forms of racism, this book places theological discourses at the center of its analysis. It traces an intellectual history of the Christian doctrine of servitus Judaeorum, or Jewish enslavement, imposed as punishment for the crucifixion. This concept of hereditary inferiority, formulated in patristic and medieval exegesis through the figures of Cain, Ham, and Hagar, enters into canon law to enforce the spiritual, social, and economic subordination of Jews to Christians. Characterized as perpetual servitude, this status shapes the construction of Jews not only in canon law, but in medicine, natural philosophy, and visual art. By focusing on inferiority as a category of analysis, Kaplan sharpens our understanding of contemporary racism as well as its historical development. The damaging power of racism lies in the ascription of inferiority to a set of traits and not in bodily or cultural difference alone; in the medieval context, theological authority affirms discriminatory hierarchies as a reflection of divine will. Medieval theological discourses created a racial rationale of Jewish hereditary inferiority that also served to justify the servile status of Muslims and Africans. Kaplan's discussion of this history uncovers the ways in which racism circulated in pre-modernity and continues to do so in contemporary white supremacist discourses that similarly seek to subordinate these groups.

Contents: Servitus Judaeorum - Biblical Figures, Canon Law and the Construction of Hereditary Inferiority ; The Mark of Cain and Embodying Inferiority ; Making Darkness Visible - The Colors of Subjection in Medieval English Psalter Illuminations ; Jewish Ham - Developing a Discourse of Hereditary Inferiority ; Cain, Ham and Ishmael - The African Travels of Perpetual Servitude.

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Item Number: 148918
Title: Textual Spaces: French Renaissance Writings on the Italian Voyage
Author: Keatley, Richard E
Price: $99.95
ISBN: 9780271081298
Record created on 05/15/2018
Description: University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 248pp., 11 b&w illus.

Summary: n Textual Spaces, Richard E. Keatley examines how French travelers experienced, consumed, and represented Italian space during the early modern period. This study digs beneath the façade of leisurely travel literature to unearth a complex web of rhetorical, sociological, and political values that conditioned and informed the experiences of French travelers in Italy. Utilizing period maps and geographical sources, Keatley combines rigorous philological mapping of travelers’ itineraries with creative analyses of the tensions that undergird the rewriting of space. He examines a vast corpus of texts that includes Montaigne's Journal de voyage, Du Bellay’s Regrets, and Jacques de Villamont’s Voyages, as well as lesser-known and anonymous travel accounts of the French experience in Italy. In his readings, Keatley traces how the creation of these “textual spaces” allowed travelers to transform territories lost to France through warfare into spaces of desire, forming what Pierre Bourdieu calls symbolic capital, which was used in an ongoing commerce within the French political landscape. By highlighting the political and militaristic origins of leisure excursions, Textual Spaces contributes to our understanding of travel’s dual nature and invites the modern reader to examine the exploitative origins of tourism. Linking the fields of literary and cultural studies, history and art history, and spatial and landscape theory, it provides an engaging vision into the early history of travel that will interest historians, literary scholars, and anyone keen to understand why we venture abroad.

Contents: 1. Montaigne Inside and Out. 2. Textuality, Sexuality, and Political Geography: André de la Vigne and the French Conquest of Naples. 3. Space, Travel, and Work. 4. The Topographical Narrative. 5. Spaces and Places of the Voyage d'Italie. 6. Mapping Montaigne's Rome. (Early Modern Studies Series)

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Item Number: 146360
Title: Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance
Author: Musto, Ronald G
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781138702516
Record created on 08/01/2017
Description: London: Routledge, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 302pp., 21 b&w illus

Summary: This volume traces the work of trecento historians of the Mezzogiorno, analyzing it through current methodological and theoretical frameworks. Questioning the current consensus, the book examines how the South as a cultural "other" began evolving over the fourteenth century, and reconsiders the nineteenth-century "Southern Question" concerning the Mezzogiorno’s history, culture and people and its lingering negative image in Europe and America. It also focuses on specific histories, authors and historiographical issues, and reviews how new understandings of the Mediterranean have begun to alter our perceptions of the South in a new global context and as the basis for new historical research.

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Historians: Their Lives and Works 3. Sources 4. Narrative Communities and Strategies 5. The Impact of Romance 6. Visual Evidence 7. Case Studies 8. Constructing Grand Narratives: The Black Legend of the Angevins 9. Medieval to Renaissance: The Historiographical Question 10. Conclusions. (Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge)

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Item Number: 148355
Title: The Hermitage : The Biography of a Great Museum
Author: Norman, Geraldine
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9781911604525
Record created on 03/15/2018
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 376pp. illus.

Summary: The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is perhaps the greatest museum in the world. It began as a showcase for the art treasures of the Tsars, and thus reflects their legendary extravagance—to say nothing of the romances, marriages, and murders that played a part in the creation and development of the collection in its early years. After it was nationalized by the Bolsheviks in 1917, the museum expanded to fill what had been the Winter Palace of the imperial family, and vast collections—confiscated from the nobility by revolutionary forces—became part of its holdings. The resulting collection is unparalleled in its scale and quality. This book is the first full history of the Hermitage in any language. It tells the story of the museum’s inception and development, as well as of its unlikely survival through war, Communism, and economic strife. Packed with images from a staggering range of periods, artists, and styles, it will be the definitive statement on the Hermitage for decades to come.

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Item Number: 149742
Title: La Cartografía de la Colección Mascort. Escenas de la Historia
Author: Padrosa Gorgot, Ines
Price: $120.00
ISBN: 9788409030422
Record created on 12/07/2018
Description: Torroella de Montgri - Girona: Fundacio Mascort, 2018. 25 x 30cm., hardcover, 480pp. with numerous color plates.

Contents: Spanish text, with English translation of chapters 1-2: Ramon Mascort - The Spirit of the Collector ; The Cartographers, Science, Art and Power - Italian cartography - The spanish monarchy, the iberian peninsula and cartography - Cartographic representations of catalonia - Cartography in the Netherlands - The french school - The German school - The English representatives - Women Engravers, Illuminators and Editors - The intervention of women in the cartographic description of the Mascort Collection.

Summary: The catalogue lists more than 160 free-standing maps spanning the period from the 16th to the 19th century -more than 50 of them are maps of Catalonia- made in the leading schools of cartography in Europe, outstanding among them the French school. The maps are complemented with a series of Monographs related with the world of cartography. We have placed special emphasis on establishing the link between the free-standing maps and the work of which they had been part. The degree of involvement of the different people who took part in the work has been detailed: cartographers, geographers, draftsmen, engravers, editors and printers, among others. We have tried to include a portrait of the author, to establish cartographic influences and, if necessary, to place the moment they belong to in a historical context. Moreover, wherever possible, we have included the cover of the book and tried to explain the iconographic significance of the elements that appear on the chalcographic engravings of the frontispiece. We have also tried to explain the significance of the cartouches and the iconographic elements that are part of them, whether architectural, mythological, historical, heraldic or simply artistic. With that vision, which is complementary to cartography proper, the reader will perceive a wealth of multidisciplinary contents that will provide him with a way of looking other than the merely historical-geographical. This investigation has entailed searching a score of libraries in Spain, all over Europe and even in the United States to be able to include material preserved in the institutions consulted. (Obras publicadas de la Fundacio Mascort, 14)

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Item Number: 149485
Title: Roma Universalis. L'impero e la dinastia venuta dall'Africa.
Author: Panella, Clementina ; Rossella Rea ; Alesandro D'Alessio
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 9788891820723
Record created on 09/01/2018
Description: Milano: Electa, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 344pp., 230 illus., most in color. Exhibition held at Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Roma. Previously announced as Roma e la dinastia dei Severi. Italian text.

Summary: Roma Universalis. L'impero e la dinastia venuta dall'Africa is the catalogue of the exhibition of the same name held between the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum (opening 15th November 2018), but it is also a book that retraces the history of the Severian dynasty (from 193 to 235 A.D.) without omitting any detail: from an analysis of the reforms and their impact on society, to innovation in the arts and architecture of Rome and throughout the whole empire. The exhibition, which is explored in detail in the catalogue, bears witness to "the Roman Empire's last period of greatness, ruled by emperors which left a strong and lasting legacy in many fields, despite the start of the inevitable decline" in the words of Alfonsina Russo, Director of the Colosseum's Archaeological Park. Over 100 archaeological finds and pieces of art are showcased on the Colosseum's first floor, illustrating the historical and political development and the artistic and architectural evolution that the Roman Empire underwent during their reign. The remains of the so-called Baths of Elagabalus on the Palatine Hill are open to visitors for the first time, and a series of fine marble statues and busts that were found here has been assembled in the Temple of Romulus. The itinerary on the Palatine continues through the places important to the Severian dynasty. A part of the Vicus ad Carinas in the Roman Forum is open to the public for the first time, leading to the popular "Carinae" neighbourhood located on the Esquiline Hill. Today it leads to the Templum Pacis, where visitors can admire the magnificent opus sectile cut into the floor, open for the first time after a long restoration project.

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Item Number: 149745
Title: The Cast Courts
Author: Patterson, Angus ; Marjorie Trusted
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 9781851779796
Record created on 12/11/2018
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Description: London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2018. 22cm., pbk., 112pp. illus.

Summary: First opened in 1873, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Cast Courts were purpose built to house copies of architecture and sculpture from around the world. They contain some of the Museum’s largest objects, including casts of Trajan’s Column (shown in two halves) and the twelfth century Portico de la Gloria from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Among the Museum’s most popular galleries, the Cast Courts are an extraordinary expression of Victorian taste, ambition and public spirit.

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Item Number: 149746
Title: RAPHAEL et Agostino Chigi : Le peintre et son mécène
Author: Ferrigno, Amélie
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 9782753575592
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Description: Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2018. 21cm., pbk., 198pp. illus.

Summary: Depuis son arrivée à Rome en 1508, le parcours de Raphaël semble étroitement lié à celui d’Agostino Chigi, riche banquier et mécène. Le rapprochement des deux hommes, tant sur le plan professionnel qu’amical, voire jusque dans la mort (puisqu’ils meurent tous deux en avril 1520), laisse supposer que la carrière romaine du maître se soit largement déroulée sous la protection du banquier. L’analyse des rapports entre le peintre et son mécène révèle alors certains aspects de la personnalité de Raphaël que l’on redécouvre en même temps que sa peinture, et éclaire cette relation d’un jour nouveau.

Contents: 1508 - Raphael dans la Rome de Jules II ; Agostino Chigi, le banquier-mécène ; La rencontre du peintre et du mécène ; Agostino Chigi et Raphael - les piliers des Chambres du pape Jules II ; Galatée, le triomphe de Raphael ; La Loge de Psyché, la loge des exceptions ; Le secret de La Fornarina ; Avril 1520, Raphael et Agostino réunis dans la mort.

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Item Number: 147431
Title: Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo
Author: Rapoport, Yossef ; Emilie Savage-Smith
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9780226540887
Record created on 11/28/2017
Description: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 349pp., 25 color, 89 b&w illus.

Summary: About a millennium ago, in Cairo, an unknown author completed a large and richly illustrated book. In the course of thirty-five chapters, this book guided the reader on a journey from the outermost cosmos and planets to Earth and its lands, islands, features, and inhabitants. This treatise, known as The Book of Curiosities, was unknown to modern scholars until a remarkable manuscript copy surfaced in 2000. Lost Maps of the Caliphs provides the first general overview of The Book of Curiosities and the unique insight it offers into medieval Islamic thought. Opening with an account of the remarkable discovery of the manuscript and its purchase by the Bodleian Library, the authors use The Book of Curiosities to re-evaluate the development of astrology, geography, and cartography in the first four centuries of Islam. Their account assesses the transmission of Late Antique geography to the Islamic world, unearths the logic behind abstract maritime diagrams, and considers the palaces and walls that dominate medieval Islamic plans of towns and ports. Early astronomical maps and drawings demonstrate the medieval understanding of the structure of the cosmos and illustrate the pervasive assumption that almost any visible celestial event had an effect upon life on Earth. Lost Maps of the Caliphs also reconsiders the history of global communication networks at the turn of the previous millennium. It shows the Fatimid Empire, and its capital Cairo, as a global maritime power, with tentacles spanning from the eastern Mediterranean to the Indus Valley and the East African coast. As Lost Maps of the Caliphs makes clear, not only is The Book of Curiosities one of the greatest achievements of medieval mapmaking, it is also a remarkable contribution to the story of Islamic civilization that opens an unexpected window to the medieval Islamic view of the world.

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Item Number: 149743
Title: Livres de maîtres, livres d’étudiants: le manuscrit universitaire au Moyen Age
Author: Gura, David (et al)
Price: $130.00
ISBN: 9782503578927
Record created on 12/10/2018
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 198pp., 57 b&w illus.

Contents: David Gura, The Ovidian Allegorical Schoolbook: Arnulf of Orléans and John of Garland Take Over a Thirteenth-Century Manuscript ; Ciro Giacomelli, Le Patavinus Antonianus XVII 370 : éléments pour une étude paléographique et textuelle ; Maria Cristina Rossi, Manoscritti di lavoro nell'università delle origini: un progetto in corso e prime riflessioni su un caso di studio ; Enzo Mecacci, La pecia nello Studio di Siena ; Adinel C. Dinca, Three pecia Manuscripts from Brukenthal Library, Sibiu (Romania) ; Jean-Luc Deuffic, À propos des quelques mots en moyen breton d'Yves de Beizit (1450-1451) ; Adrien Quéret-Podesta, Le Manuscrit de Jean de Dabrowka et l'entrée des textes historiques polonais à l'Université de Cracovie. (Pecia. Le livre et l’écrit, 20-2017)

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Item Number: 149747
Title: La Réception de REMBRANDT à travers les estampes en France au XVIIIe siècle
Author: Prigot, Aude
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 9782753575523
Record created on 12/12/2018
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Description: Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 288pp. illus.

Summary: Au début du XVIIIe siècle, l’œuvre de Rembrandt demeure source de conflit entre un œil, séduit par une virtuosité artistique certaine et une raison encore pénétrée des normes italo-antiques. De fait, cet art bouscule les habitudes du collectionnisme, sonne le glas d’une forme de discours sur les artistes qui ne serait que biographique, déplaçant l’intérêt de la personne à l’œuvre. Il entraîne l’avènement de nouveaux acteurs dans la construction de cette discipline qu’est l’histoire de l’art. L’œil et la main en viennent ainsi à incarner, au XVIIIe siècle en France, les deux pans d’un diptyque inséparables de la réception de l’œuvre gravé de Rembrandt. Contents: Introduction - Une réception nuancée - La réception de Rembrandt en France au XVIIIe siècle à travers Les estampes. Découvrir les estampes de Rembrandt en France ou les hésitations du verbe - Les années 1700-1751 - Les premiers écrits - Roger de Piles (1635-1709) ou Le début de La reconnaissance - La réception de l'abrégé de la vie de Rembrandt au XVIIIe siècle - Les miroirs d'Houbraken - Le cabinet des singularitez, d'architecture, peinture, gravure de Florent le Comte (1699-1700) - La vie de Rembrandt par Florent le Comte - Antoine Dezallier d'Argenville (1680-1765) - L'abrégé, choix et enjeux - Les premières collections d'estampes - L'entrée de l'oeuvre de Rembrandt au cabinet du roy - les collections Marolles et Beringhen - Le 'prodigieux amas' de l'abbé Michel de Marolles (1600-1681) - L'entrée de la collection Marolles au cabinet du roy - La collection de Jacques-Louis de Beringhen (1651-1723) - Le 'bref état' des connaissances de Pierre-Jean Mariette. "s'en rapporter aux sentiments" - L'avènement de l'œil au cours des années 1751-1797 - Le catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt avec des aJouts de Helle et Glomy, d'Edme-Francois Gersaint, Paris, 1751 - Vie d'Edme-Francois Gersaint (1694-1750), de Pierre-Charles-Alexandre Helle (?-1767) et Jean-Baptiste Glomy (ca. 1720-ca. 1786) - Les genèses d'un modèle ou l'émergence d'une nouvelle sensibilité : l'oeuvre complet d'artiste - Les portefeuilles d'amateurs - La littérature des catalogues de vente - L'influence des pays-bas - L'apprentissage de la rigueur : la création d'une norme - La création d'une typologie - Les notices - Les titres - La postérité du catalogue Gersaint - Le Royaume-Uni et le Catalogue and Description of the Etchings of Rembrandt van Rhyn, 1752 - Les pays-bas - Le Saint-Empire romain germanique ou la dette d'Adam von Bartsch envers Gersaint. "Le plus bel Oeuvre qui se soit jamais vu" - L'émergence des grandes collections d'estampes - La politique de refonte d'Hugues-Adrien Joly - L'oeuvre de Johann Anton De peters (1723-1795) - L'acquisition de la collection Peters par le cabinet du roy - Les catalogues de vente à L'aune du catalogue Gersaint : La diffusion d'un modèle - L'organisation des catalogues de ventes - L'inflation du prix des estampes - La diffusion des gravures anglaises. "dresser La main" - Imiter et reproduire les oeuvres de Rembrandt ou l'apprentissage par le geste - Les graveurs amateurs - L'Histoire de Joseph du comte de Caylus - Les Rymbranesques - L'esprit de société - Les 'retouches de Watelet' - Du faux et de l'usage du faux - Les ' méchants griffonis' de l'Abbé de Saint-Non (1727-1791) - Amateur et mécène : le cas de Dominique-Vivant Denon (1747-1825) - Denon promoteur de l'art de Rembrandt à Venise - Les pastiches de Denon - Les graveurs de profession - L'Idée de la gravure d'Antoine de Marcenay de Ghuy (1756) - Les recueils gravés : Les cabinets choiseul, Vence, La galerie du palais-royal, La galerie Lebrun - Le cabinet vence - Le cabinet choiseul - La galerie du palais-royal - La galerie Lebrun. Catalogue des estampes réalisées en France au XVIIIe siècle d'après les oeuvres de Rembrandt van Rijn. (Art et Societe)

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Item Number: 148489
Title: Martin Lister and His Remarkable Daughters: The Art of Science in the Seventeenth Century
Author: Roos, Anna Maria
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9781851244898
Record created on 03/22/2018
Description: Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 224pp., 46 color, 33 b&w illus.

Summary: A royal physician and fellow of the Royal Society, Martin Lister was an extraordinarily prolific natural historian with an expertise in shells and mollusks. Disappointed with the work of established artists, Lister decided to teach his daughters, Susanna and Anna, how to illustrate images of the specimens he studied. The sisters became so skilled that Lister entrusted them with his great work, Historiæ Conchyliorum, assembled between 1685 and 1692. This first comprehensive study of conchology consisted of more than one thousand copperplates of shells and mollusks collected from around the world. Martin Lister and his Remarkable Daughters reconstructs the creation of this masterwork, presenting original drawings, engraved copperplates, draft prints, and photographs of the finished books. Susanna and Anna portrayed the shells of this collection not only as curious and beautiful objects, but also as specimens of natural history, rendering them with sensitivity and keen scientific empiricism. Beautiful in their own right, their illustrations and engravings reveal the early techniques behind scientific illustration and offer fascinating insight into the often hidden role of women in the scientific revolution.

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Item Number: 149736
Title: RUBENS : des camées antiques à la galerie Medicis
Author: Prioux, Evelyne ; Marianne Cojannot-Le Blanc
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9782847423891
Record created on 11/30/2018
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Description: Paris: Editions Le Passage, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 276pp. prof. illus.

Summary: Ce livre étudie deux projets que le peintre Pierre-Paul Rubens (1577-1640) a formés de manière contemporaine et en lien étroit avec l'antiquaire Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637): le recueil de gemmes que Rubens passe pour avoir préparé en collaboration avec Peiresc d'une part; le cycle de peintures destinées à décorer la galerie de Marie de Médicis au palais du Luxembourg d'autre part. Tous deux passionnés de camées antiques et collectionneurs, Rubens et Peiresc échangent, au fil des années, de nombreuses informations sur la glyptique antique, ainsi que des objets: moulages et empreintes de gemmes, dessins, estampes. L'un et l'autre ont des ambitions de publication dans le domaine des arts précieux antiques : tandis que Peiresc souhaite faire connaître le Grand Camée de France qu'il a découvert dans le trésor de la Sainte-Chapelle en 1620, Rubens a probablement l'intention de publier une partie de son cabinet. À partir de l'évocation, généralement fugace, de projets éditoriaux dans la correspondance du peintre et de l'érudit provençal, mais aussi de l'existence de plusieurs estampes de l'atelier Rubens représentant des camées, on postule généralement que les deux amis préparaient un recueil qui devait être cosigné, mais qui ne vit jamais le jour. Ce recueil fantôme est mentionné dans les ouvrages sur la glyptique antique, sans que ses contours soient véritablement précisés. Or, les estampes issues de l'atelier Rubens ne reproduisent pas un ensemble de gemmes représentatif de la collection personnelle du peintre, mais une sélection qui se focalise sur l'iconographie du pouvoir impérial. Ce constat, qui n'a à notre connaissance pas été formulé de manière claire dans les travaux antérieurs portant sur cette série d'estampes, nous a incitées à réexaminer les sources relatives au(x) projet(s) de publication de Rubens et de Peiresc, puis à considérer les liens que ces recherches antiquaires pouvaient entretenir avec leur engagement, en ce même début des années 1620, dans l'élaboration de la galerie Médicis.

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Item Number: 149208
Title: ANTONIO DA SANGALLO il giovane : Architettura e decorazione da Leone X a Paolo lII
Author: Beltramini, Maria ; Cristina Conti (eds)
Price: $47.50
ISBN: 9788833670126
Record created on 06/25/2018
Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 192pp., ca. 120 b&w illus.

Summary: Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane (Firenze, 1484 - Terni, 1546) fu protagonista indiscusso della scena architettonica romana durante il pontificato di Paolo III Farnese, accreditato come abilissimo costruttore a capo di una strutturata "setta" di collaboratori di cantiere, specie da Giorgio Vasari, che anche per questi aspetti lo rappresentò come antitetico a Michelangelo, segnandone irrimediabilmente la fortuna. In effetti già dopo l'ascesa al trono di Leone X, forte della sua formazione fiorentina presso gli zii Giuliano e Antonio il Vecchio e dell'assimilazione dell'esempio organizzativo della bottega di Raffaello, Sangallo si attribuì spesso il ruolo di regista dei cantieri decorativi dei propri edifici, cooptando pittori e scultori e intrecciando con loro competenze e idee, pur nella chiara divisione dei compiti posta sotto il suo controllo. La perdita, specie nelle fabbriche religiose ma non solo, della gran parte dei corredi decorativi originali ha reso fino ad oggi estremamente arduo valorizzare questa fondamentale componete della produzione di Antonio, imponendo una rinnovata lettura delle fonti e ricostruzioni non condizionate da approcci storiografici parziali o sbrigativi. Il volume raccoglie, in dodici saggi inediti, i frutti delle più recenti ricerche proprio su questo tema liminare tra storia dell'architettura e storia dell'arte, condotte da specialisti di solida reputazione nazionale e internazionale (Barbara Agosti, Maria Beltramini, Francesco Benelli, Paul Davies, Dario Donetti, Silvia Ginzburg, Maddalena Scimemi, Maurizio Ricci) affiancati da studiosi più giovani (Valentina Balzarotti, Cristina Conti, Michela Corso, Federica Kappler, Serena Quagliaroli).

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Item Number: 149571
Title: GIOVANNI SANTI
Author: Marchi, Rosaria Valazzi
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9788836641604
Record created on 09/25/2018
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Description: Milano: Silvana, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 288pp., 150 illus. Exhibition held at Palazzo Ducale, Urbino.

Summary: Il volume ripercorre la vita e le opere di Giovanni Santi (Colbordolo, 1439, ante? - Urbino, 1 agosto 1494), personaggio poliedrico e dotato di molti talenti, nonché padre e primo maestro di Raffaello. Attraverso i saggi del volume e il ricco apparato iconografico, viene indagata la sua attività, strettamente legata alla città di Urbino e alla committenza del potente duca Federico da Montefeltro, la cui azione politica e militare fu rivolta alla creazione di una città ideale fondata sulla cultura. Fortemente partecipe di questo clima stimolante, ma anche arricchitosi dalla frequentazione di altri importanti centri italiani, Giovanni Santi fu leader di una bottega che monopolizzò la produzione artistica del territorio, realizzando opere di grande qualità. La sua fama fu presto oscurata da quella dal figlio, Raffaello, il quale, rimasto orfano a soli undici anni, divenne tuttavia l'espressione più alta della temperie artistica che nel giro di pochi anni avrebbe completamente mutato il corso della storia della pittura. Raffaello sentì tuttavia fortemente il legame con la famiglia e con la terra d'origine, e volle sempre mantenere il ricordo del nome paterno e della città che lo generò.

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Item Number: 149522
Title: Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Printmaking and Photography: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Author: Schnitzer, Jordan (et al)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9780692162989
Record created on 09/11/2018
Description: Portland: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 160pp., 107 color illus.

Summary: When justice is at stake, artists historically have spearheaded challenging conversations. The work in this book bears witness to stories and identities that challenge dominant paradigms. Often using popular culture as a starting point, these prints and photographs tell important stories and uncover significant histories that impact understanding across cultures. Among the 50 artists represented here are Carlos Amorales, Loretta Bennett, Mark Bradford, Enrique Chagoya, Caitlin Cherry, Willie Cole, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Cameron Decker, Ellen Gallagher, Sabina Haque, Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Le, Glenn Ligon, Hung Liu, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Lillian Pitt, Martin Puryear, Wendy Red Star, Alison Saar, Shahzia Sikander, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Marie K. Watt and Fred Wilson.

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Item Number: 149750
Title: Libri e album di disegni 1550-1800. Nuove prospettive metodologiche e di esegesi storico-critica
Author: Segreto, Vita (ed)
Price: $115.00
ISBN: 9788865574027
Record created on 12/13/2018
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Description: Roma: De Luca, 2018. 33cm., hardcover, 280pp., 430 color illus.

Summary: In Italia, a partire dal primo Cinquecento, le fonti archivistiche e letterarie usano in modo univoco la parola libro per significare sia i volumi disegnati da pittori, scultori, architetti, decoratori o argentieri, sia i volumi di disegni di uno o più artisti, di una o più scuole, formati da collezionisti, conoscitori e amatori. Gli uni e gli altri volumi costituiscono gli elementi di un unico grande insieme, l’insieme dei libri di disegni, all’interno del quale è possibile riconoscere almeno due distinti sottoinsiemi: quello dei libri disegnati e quello dei libri dei disegni.

Da una parte, il libro disegnato - con modelli, studi, schizzi - è, da Leonardo all’età contemporanea, il prodotto dell’intelligenza del singolo artista, del maestro e della sua cerchia, di un atelier, e dunque del metodo e dell’organizzazione individuale o collettiva del lavoro creativo. In quanto tale, è un insieme finito e complesso di disegni originali - diversi fra loro per materia stilistico-formale, contenuto e funzione -, che non può essere studiato, né tanto meno compreso nella sua interezza e complessità solo attraverso l’analisi dei suoi singoli elementi e dei caratteri codicologici, ma richiede di essere analizzato sotto ogni aspetto in relazione con oggetti analoghi e comparabili, i più vicini e i più pertinenti possibili. Dall’altra parte, il libro dei disegni da collezione, divenuto nella tradizione nord-europea del Sei-Settecento l’album di disegni, è, da Giorgio Vasari a Giuseppe Bossi, una stratificazione di elementi grafici, eterogenei e disomogenei, operata da una o più intelligenze di amatori, collezionisti, conservatori o restauratori. I disegni di uno o più artisti, di uno o più ateliers, che lo compongono, hanno perduto nel nuovo assetto la loro originaria configurazione materiale, stilistico-formale, contenutistica e funzionale. Per questa loro specificità, i libri o album di disegni da collezione costituiscono straordinari campi e strumenti di indagine per la riscoperta, la conoscenza e la ricostituzione di libri disegnati preesistenti, dei quali spesso conservano fascicoli, pagine e vetera fragmenta.

Come Federico Zuccari nella foresta di Vallombrosa, gli autori dei ventitré saggi racchiusi in questo libro si sono posti con gli strumenti del disegno interno, capacità umana di disegnare fondati e verificabili scenari argomentativi, e della parola proferita e scritta secondo i fondamenti del discorso logico, ai margini e all’interno dei due sottoinsiemi, illuminando alcuni exempla extraordinaria ora dell’uno ora dell’altro ora di entrambi e rendendo intellegibile la circolarità generativa che connette lo studio dei libri disegnati e quello dei libri dei disegni.

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Item Number: 149744
Title: VAN DYCK Pittore di corte
Author: Bava, Anna Maria ; Maria Grazia Bernardini (eds)
Price: $79.95
ISBN: 9788885773363
Record created on 12/11/2018
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Description: Torino: Arthemisia, 2018. 28cm, pbk., 255pp. prof. illus. Exhibition held at Galleria Sabauda, Torino.

Contents: lntroduzione alla rnostra ; Cort i e politic a in Europa negli ann i di Van Dyck, Andrea Merlotti ; Antoon van Dyck e ii pittore di corte nell'Europa del Seicento, Maria Grazia Bernardini ; Adatto a diventare un cortigiano? La personalita di Van Dyck vista da diverse prospettive, Kat/tjne Van der Stighelen ; Anteon van Dyck nelle regge repubblicane di Genova, Piero Boccardo ; II Taccuino italiano di Van Dyck, Christopher Brown ; Antoon van Dyck e i Savoia, Anna Maria Bava, Maria Beatrice Failla ; Van Dyck a Roma, Gelsomina Spione ; Van Dyck tra Bruxelles, Anversa e L'Aia, Blaise Ducos ; L'lconografia e ii "social network" di Van Dyck: amici, colleghi, celebrities e committenti, Anna Orlando / Maria Grazia Bernardini ; Van Dyck e Carlo I Stuart prospettive, Kat/tjne Van der Stighelen ; L'atelier londinese di Antoon van Dyckm Karen Hearn ; Catalogo delle opere.

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Item Number: 148932
Title: WHISTLER and nature
Author: de Montfort, Patricia ; Clare Willsdon
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9781911300496
Record created on 05/16/2018
Description: London: Holberton, 2018. 26cm., pbk., 120pp., 60 color illus. Exhibition held at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park.

Summary: The Anglo-American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903) is a household name - a man who inspired and astonished the Victorian world. Less well known, though, is the influence of nature on Whistler's work. This innovative and compelling study reconsiders Whistler's work from the context of his military service and his relationship with 'nature at the margins', showing how Whistler's observation of nature and its moods underpinned his haunting visions of nineteenth-century life. This innovative and compelling study reconsiders Whistler's work from the context of his military service and his relationship with 'nature at the margins'. Whistler came from a family of soldiers and engineers; his father, Major George Washington Whistler, was originally a US military engineer. Drawing and mapmaking were important components of the military training that Whistler acquired as an officer cadet at West Point Academy in 1851-4 and subsequently in the Drawing Department at the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, where he attempted to realise his father's hopes that he would make engineering or architecture his profession. These influences in turn shaped Whistler's attitude towards nature, as expressed in works ranging from his celebrated London 'Nocturnes' to his French coastal scenes - all of which were created after Whistler moved permanently to Europe in 1855.

Whistler's close observation of nature and its moods underpinned his powerful and haunting visions of nineteenth-century life. His images explore the contrasts between the natural and man-made worlds: rivers and wharves, gardens and courtyards, the ideal and the naturalistic. And his singular vison was always defined by his enduring affinity with the makers of railways, bridges and ships, the cornerstones of Victorian wealth and trade. Influenced by Rembrandt, Whistler's early etchings of London are notable for their focus on line and topographical accuracy. From the 1860s, his enthusiasm for Japanese art, too, influenced his attitude to perspective and spatial relations between objects. This led him, in his London Nocturnes, to reduce the external world before him to its bare bones. Whistler's smoky images of warehouses, bridges, harbours and tall ships were designed to showcase a new kind of productive, wealth-generating landscape. It is a view of nature constrained by man-made structures: the shadowy outline of the warehouses and chimneys on the far shore; the mast and rigging of a Thames barge in the middle distance. This absorbing book reassesses a familiar and notoriously colourful artistic figure in a fascinating and pertinent new light, and is an important new contribution to our understanding of the Victorian art world and its physical context.

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