Carpaccio (1460?-1525) is best known for his large paintings still in their original sites in Venice, among them: the life of Saint Ursula in the Scuola di Sant'Orsola, and the stories of Saint Jerome and Saint George in the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni. The author, an art scholar and flamb
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Best known for the large-scale narrative cycles he painted for the religious confraternities of Venice, Carpaccio (1460-c.1525) achieved a richly decorative yet uncanny poetic realism in his best works. An author and popular cultural commentator in Italy, Sgarbi has written an engaging introductory essay that neatly evokes the historical and art-historical milieu in which Carpaccio flourished and perceptively delineates the nature of his style and the likely formative forces that helped shape his distinctive vision. While appropriately concerned with the formal and iconographic aspects of the works, Sgarbi is perhaps insufficiently attentive to the more immediate aspects of Carpaccio's patronage and is less than convincing in his assertion of the artist's putative "humanistic culture." With few exceptions, the quality of the numerous color reproductions of the time-begrimed paintings is merely adequate. Nevertheless, the plates, the informed text, and a comprehensively illustrated catalog argue for the acquisition of this volume by subject collections.
Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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Descrizione libro Abbeville Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110789200007
Descrizione libro Abbeville Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0789200007