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Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings [Hardcover]

Hugo Chapman , Marzia Faietti


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March 8 2010
This sumptuously illustrated catalogue charts the history of drawing in Italy from 1400, just prior to the emergence in Florence of the classically inspired naturalism of the Renaissance style, to around 1510 when Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian were on the verge of taking the innovations of earlier masters, such as Leonardo and Pollaiuolo, in a new direction. The book highlights the key role played by drawing in artistic teaching and in how artists studied the human body and the natural world. Aspects of regional difference, the development of new drawing techniques and classes of graphic work, such as finished presentation pieces to impress patrons, are also explored. An extended introduction focusing on how and why artists made drawings, with a special emphasis on the pivotal role of Leonardo, is richly illustrated with examples from the two collections that elucidate the technique and function of the works. This is followed by catalogue entries for just over 100 drawings where discussion of their function and significance is supported by comparative illustrations of related works, such as paintings.

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'This impressive book is not only a fine contribution to fifteenth-century Italian art studies, but is a notable achievement for the scholars and specialists involved. The nature of this volume will appeal to a broad range of readers, from scholars who will refer to it for its numerous specific historical details and comparative studies, to artists seeking visual inspiration and insight into method.' The Sixteenth Century Journal --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Hugo Chapman is Curator of Italian Drawings before 1800 at the British Museum. He is author of Padua in the 1450s: Marco Zoppo and his Contemporaries (1998), Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master (2005), and Michelangelo (2005). Marzia Faietti is Director of the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence. She has published widely on Old Master drawings and prints with a particular emphasis on 16th-century art from her native Emilia. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you didn't see the exhibition... Aug. 10 2010
By Mrs. E - Published on Amazon.com
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...you will appreciate this book for its stunning reproductions and insightful text. If you have any interest at all in how Renaissance artists worked, this book should be on your shelf.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Cover, Boring Collection. May 6 2012
By Xavier F. Hussenet - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an artist and this is how I feel: I did not know when I purchased this book that I would be looking at works of secondary interest to me, though you may find them fascinating if you are an art historian. I concluded that the reason for that is in the details: this is based on a show of works owned in England, held in England, not necessarily of the caliber you might find in Italian collections. The description does not mention that the show in England is the basis of the book and that the works are mostly limited to private collections in England. It is one thing to say that this is a drawing by Michelangelo, but quite different to say this is transcendent work of the kind suggested by the exceptional cover. I cannot say anything about the text itself as I did not read it, and so I would not give this book a bad review for students of art history, I am sure it is excellent, the British are great scholars and writers.
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