Italian Master Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Co-published with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is fortunate to have a collection of Italian drawings that encompasses a broad sweep of Italy’s art history, from the Renaissance to Futurism to the contemporary, and includes works by such famed artists as Batoni, Salviati, Guercino, and Modigliani. With this publication, eighty of these drawings are provided with insightful commentary, scholarly analysis, and biographies of the artists by the renowned scholar Mimi Cazort. Ann Percy, the Museum’s Curator of Drawings, has contributed the first full account of the people and events that shaped this extraordinary but little-published collection. Her lively essay is amply illustrated with an additional sixty-five drawings owned by the Museum.

The international significance of this collection of Italian drawings is borne out by its selection to be part of Amilcare Pizzi’s distinguished series I grandi disegni italiani, which has included volumes on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Albertina, the Uffizi, the Louvre, and the Hermitage. Pizzi will publish the Italian edition of this latest addition to the series.

This book will accompany an exhibition to be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 30, 2004, to February 20, 2005.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Libraries will want both of these splendid books.”
—E.M. Slotkin, Choice

“Taken together, this book and its companion volume—The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921—constitute a magisterial survey of Irish language prose up to the beginning of WW II. . . . The volumes belong together since the careers of many of the most important writers overlap the periods of both. . . . Libraries will want both of these splendid books.”
—E. M. Slotkin, Choice

“This is a wonderful book, a worthy successor to the earlier volume, and another milestone in Professor O’Leary’s radical rereading of the Irish revival. Perhaps its most valuable contribution is to remind us, again, of the sophistication and complexity, as well as the vehemence, of arguments that have all too often been collapsed into a facile and unproductive confrontation between conservatives and progressives in pursuit of the twin chimeras of tradition and modernity.”
—Louis De Paor, English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920

“These texts, which were hard to come by in the first place and inaccessible to most because of their being written in Irish, open up a new perspective on Irish writing. What is more, they are presented by a judicious author who puts them into perspective.”
—Roselinde Supheert, English Studies

“Rarely does one find a combination of the history of collecting and the practice of connoisseurship presented as seamlessly and cogently as in this book.”
—Giancarlo Fiorenza, University of Toronto Quarterly

“This is a magnificent achievement, a thorough exploration of the status of a lesser-used language in a new nation-state, at a time when even radio was available only to a minority, and print was the mass medium.”
—Angela Bourke, Geolinguistics

“While it would have been informative to have an explanation for the particular selection of drawings included, this is nonetheless a very satisfying publication, both to read and to handle. The heavy paper and fine color reproduction seem to mimic the experience of holding the drawings themselves.”
—Joseph F. Patrouch, Sixteenth Century Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271025384
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Percy has been Curator of Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1972.

Mimi Cazort is the former Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery in Ottawa.

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Table of Contents



Anne d’Harnoncourt and Innis Howe Shoemaker

Note to the Reader

Collecting Italian Drawings at Philadelphia:Two Nineteenth-Century Amateurs and a Twentieth-Century Scholar

Ann Percy

With research assistance by James Hargrove


Mimi Cazort

List of Drawings Illustrated in “Collecting Italian Drawings at Philadelphia”


Index of Artists


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