Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, established in 1933, is arguably the finest art museum west of the Mississippi. Its Italian collection is the focus of this catalog, the first in a planned series documenting all the museum's holdings. Rowlands, the museum's assistant curator of European art, presents complete studies of the 57 Italian paintings that date from the early Renaissance to the late Baroque, including works by Bellini, Bronzino, and Caravaggio. Rowlands's distinguished expressive abilities are an unusual treat, bringing the paintings (and their collecting) to life in the fullest sense. For each work he supplies a brief but thorough biography of the painter, lengthy considerations of the painting's aesthetic significance, technical aspects of its physical condition, its provenance, exhibition history, and an exhaustive bibliography. He opens the book with a lively account of the museum's collecting history. For anyone planning a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum, this book will be a valuable, comprehensive resource. Recommended for large art libraries and Midwestern regional collections.-Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
The first in a projected series of catalogues documenting the
permanent collections of the Kansas City, Missouri museum focuses on
the Italian paintings, each of which is reproduced in color,
accompanied by some 200 b&w comparative illustrations. All the major
Italian schools from 1300-1800 are represented by the 60 paintings in
this collection. Two essays discuss the history of Italian painting
collecting in Kansas City, and the use of infrared reflectography for
study of paintings in the collection. A labor of several years, the
catalogue entries include artist biographies; technical notes and a
detailed description; documented commentary with discussion of
attribution, date, subject, and function; a list of references that
also summarizes the critical history of each work; and a full account
of exhibition history and provenance. 10x12<">
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