From Filippo Lippi to Piero Della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master

From Filippo Lippi to Piero Della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master

by Keith Christiansen
     
 

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In this fascinating book, Fra Carnevale—heretofore a mysterious, quasi-legendary figure—emerges as a well-defined and pivotal artist in Renaissance Florence. In presenting their case, the authors take the reader from the workshop of Filippo Lippi in Florence to Urbino, capital of Federico da Montefeltro’s duchy in the region of the Marches. It was

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In this fascinating book, Fra Carnevale—heretofore a mysterious, quasi-legendary figure—emerges as a well-defined and pivotal artist in Renaissance Florence. In presenting their case, the authors take the reader from the workshop of Filippo Lippi in Florence to Urbino, capital of Federico da Montefeltro’s duchy in the region of the Marches. It was a road most memorably traveled by Piero della Francesca, who worked in Florence in 1439 and became Federico’s favorite artist. This book shows that other lesser known artists like Fra Carnevale also took the same path.

Among the many other artists—painters and sculptors—crucial to Fra Carnevale’s formation and discussed in this volume are Domenico Veneziano, Luca della Robbia, Pesellino, and Agostino di Duccio. Essays by Keith Christiansen, Andrea De Marchi, and Matteo Ceriana and a documentary appendix by Andrea Di Lorenzo and Matteo Mazzalupi transform our knowledge of this exciting moment in the history of Renaissance art.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This catalog accompanies a spring 2005 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art organized around two Barberini panels that demonstrate the early use of perspective and are believed to have been painted by 15th-century Urbino artist Bartolomeo di Giovanni Corradini, a.k.a. Fra Carnevale. The first half of the exhibit focuses on Fra Carnevale's life in Florence during the 1440s, while the latter half concerns his return to Urbino. The book contains four main scholarly essays. The life and work of Fra Carnevale emerges from recently discovered documents in the essay by Emanuel Daffra, Christiansen explores the artist's relationship with Medician Florence, Andrea De Marchi describes his work and influence outside of Florence, and Matteo Ceriana examines the architectural detail of his work in Urbino and the Marches. Containing 347 illustrations (93 in full color) of works by various artists of the time, biographies of major artists in the show, and sections featuring conservation, documentation, and other materials of technical interest, this groundbreaking research furthers our understanding of Renaissance life and art. A worthy purchase for most institutions collecting art books, including museums, universities, and large public libraries.-Ellen Bates, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588391421
Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
384

Meet the Author

Keith Christiansen is Jayne Wrightsman Curator of Italian Painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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