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Late Raphael

Late Raphael

by Tom Henry
     
 

Sublime works of art that provide a deeper knowledge of one of the masters—with Leonardo and Michelangelo—of High Renaissance art, and one of the most important artists in the development of European painting.
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Museo del Prado, this book focuses on a crucial but hitherto neglected part of Raphael’s

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Sublime works of art that provide a deeper knowledge of one of the masters—with Leonardo and Michelangelo—of High Renaissance art, and one of the most important artists in the development of European painting.
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Museo del Prado, this book focuses on a crucial but hitherto neglected part of Raphael’s oeuvre: the work he and his pupils executed in Rome during the seven years from 1513 to the artist’s death in 1520.
Nearly ninety works—including paintings such as Saint Cecile and Portrait of Baldassere Castiglione, as well as drawings and a tapestry—illustrate the ways in which Raphael employed a range of technical devices, many of which were highly novel and enjoyed considerable influence. Raphael’s workshop methods eventually became a model for the great artistic enterprises of the seventeenth century, notably those of Rubens, Bernini, and Pietro da Cortona.
Essays by Tom Henry, Paul Joannides, Ana González Mozo, and Bruno Martín survey Raphael’s late paintings in chronological order, explore his range of styles, and investigate the role of his workshop in the design and production of his pictures.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From 1513 until his death in 1520, Raphael experienced an intense period of activity, producing a rich variety of work, from the frescoes for the Vatican Stanze to the series of tapestries on the Acts of the Apostles. Published to accompany an exhibition of 90 works at the Museo del Prado, the book’s contributors examine the great variety of the work of Raphael and his two most important pupils, Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni. For example, editors and exhibition curators Henry and Joannides point out that Raphael’s choices regarding the creation of tapestries had “the simplicity of genius. He decided to treat the tapestries as though they were wall paintings, an innovation with incalculable consequences for the subsequent history of tapestry.” During these years, Raphael also developed as a portraitist, painting cardinals and other church officials, and portraits of friends as gifts to them. In his Self-Portrait with Giulio Romano, for example, he “combined compositional inventiveness innovative execution: he and his pupil take on the roles of father and son.” The dense and lavishly illustrated book includes analyses of Raphael’s major religious compositions; large Madonnas and holy families; small Madonnas and holy families; portraits; and the work that his students produced after the artist’s death. 288 illustrations, 238 in color. (Apr.)
The New York Review of Books
“Through [Henry and Joannides’s] careful sifting of mountainous data . . . they provide fascinating new insights into this genteel master and the squadron that most contemporaries call his ‘boys.’”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Biographies of [Raphael’s] sitters enrich the book along with beautiful photos, details, and infrared images that show the condition and under painting of key images.”
Library Journal
This book, edited by Henry (The Life and Art of Luca Signorelli) and Joannides (art history, Univ. Cambridge; Titian to 1518: The Assumption of Genius), focuses on the crucial but neglected late works and career of Raphael Santi (1483–1520) and two of his most prominent workshop artists, Giulio Romano (1499–1546) and Gianfrancesco Penni (circa 1490–1528). Some of these works include Raphael's frescoes for the Vatican Palace and the Villas Farnesina and Madama, his tapestry designs for the Sistine Chapel, The Transfiguration and Holy Family of Francis I altarpieces, and portraits of popes Julius II and Leo X. Comprised of a lengthy introduction by Henry and Joannides, a catalog featuring nearly 90 works with analytical entries, and additional essays by esteemed contributors, this publication surveys Raphael's late paintings in chronological order, the role of his workshop in the design and production of his oeuvre, and significant masterpieces by his most prominent workshop artists. VERDICT Of significant interest primarily to students, scholars, and museum professionals, this noteworthy book is very highly recommended.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500970492
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Henry is a recognized expert in Italian Renaissance art, in particular Central Italian painters such as Piero della Francesca, Signorelli, Perugino, and Raphael.

Paul Joannides is Professor in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge.

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