Giulio Romano, Master Designer: An Exhibition of Drawings in Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of His Birth

Giulio Romano, Master Designer: An Exhibition of Drawings in Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of His Birth

by Janet Cox-Rearick, Valerie Taylor, Richard Aste, Chris Begley

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This catalog for a show at the Hunter College Art Gallery commemorates the 500th anniversary of Giulio Romano, noted student of Raphael and artist of the High Renaissance, exploring his drawings and designs. A favorite of Duke Frederico Gonzaga of Mantua, Romano created exclusively for him. His designs included everything from saltcellars to Frederico's Palazzo Te, as he transformed Mantua into a glorious city. Seven chapters, each by an art historian, are interspersed with commentary on individual works that develops all the dimensions of his art. The range of works encompasses the profane and sacred in Renaissance art, from secular mythological themes based on the work of Ovid to the scandalous eroticism of I modi to religious adorations. Rarely did Romano fully execute paintings, leaving the task to assistants, so the focus of this show and the catalog of drawings from his hand are particularly relevant to his art. Any New World exhibition presenting artists of the Italian Renaissance is worthy of consideration, and this is no exception. The clear, well-documented text is suited both to specialists and to more casual readers. Recommended for art school, museum, and public libraries.--Ellen Bates, New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Prepared in conjunction with the September 1999 Hunter College exhibition. Arranged chronologically, the text and illustrations follow Giulio's development as a draftsman from his youthful years at the papal court in Rome through his two decades as artistic entrepreneur at the Gonzaga court. Most of the drawings are from the Mantuan period and are arranged according to different types of projects that the artist designed. The exhibition explores Giulio's versatility, his inventiveness, speed and facility, and his ability to simultaneously recall and transform motifs from antique sculpture into a modern decorative language. It also emphasizes his different types of drawings and his workshop practice. Contains 44 b&w drawings and three prints. Cox-Rearick is professor of art history at Hunter College and the Graduate School CUNY. Oversize: 10x12<">. Distributed by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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