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National Gallery Catalogues: The Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, Volume II: Venice, 1540-1600

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This substantial and beautifully illustrated volume documents the National Gallery’s unrivaled collection of Venetian paintings created between 1540 and 1600, including some of the greatest works commissioned by the city from Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto, and the Bassano family. The collection is so rich and varied that the book serves as an introduction to all the major types of painting produced in Venice during this period––the altarpiece, portrait, confraternity chapel decoration, ceiling and furniture ...

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Overview

This substantial and beautifully illustrated volume documents the National Gallery’s unrivaled collection of Venetian paintings created between 1540 and 1600, including some of the greatest works commissioned by the city from Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto, and the Bassano family. The collection is so rich and varied that the book serves as an introduction to all the major types of painting produced in Venice during this period––the altarpiece, portrait, confraternity chapel decoration, ceiling and furniture painting, and paintings for the portego (long central hall) of a palace. Among the many important works included are Titian's Vendramin Family Venerating a Relic of the True Cross, Veronese's Family of Darius and four Allegories, and Tintoretto's Origin of the Milky Way. Nicholas Penny provides comprehensive and detailed information reflecting the most up-to-date scholarship on the paintings––many of which have passed through some of the greatest collections in Europe––along with a thorough discussion of their provenance.

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This is the latest scholarly catalog in a new series revising publications originally begun in 1945 at the National Gallery, London. Following Volume 1 (2004), which focuses on many northern works by Bellini, director and former senior curator Penny here presents the gallery's collection of Venetian paintings dating from 1540 to 1600. The introduction covers the types of paintings commissioned by the city from some of Venice's foremost artists, including Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, and shows how their paintings got to England and to the National Gallery's world-class collection. Then, the specific artists are presented in alphabetical order, with entries featuring biographical information and details on individual paintings, including size, materials and techniques, conservation, condition, attribution, subject, treatment and date, frame, and acquisition by the gallery. The entries are fully footnoted, and a short list of "Changes of Attribution" since the last edition in 1975 is also included. Beautifully illustrated with many full-color reproductions, this is essential reading for specialists. Art students and the museum-going public will also find it informative. Academic, museum, and large public libraries are advised to purchase.
—Ellen Bates

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857099133
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Series: National Gallery Catalogues Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Penny is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. He is the author of many books, including The National Gallery Catalogue of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, Volume I: Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona and The Materials of Sculpture; he is also coauthor of Raphael and coeditor of the forthcoming Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe, all published by Yale University Press.

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