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Riassunto: An exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts, opening March 2001, assembles the 91 extant drawings, executed some time during the 1480s, by Sandro Botticelli to illustrate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. This is the accompanying catalogue, including a commentary and seven essays.
Review: The Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli is probably best known for Birth of Venus and Primavera, two commissions for the young Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici. The same delicate, rhythmic line and fanciful imagination can be found in another project for this patron: an unfinished set of drawings from the 1480s that illustrate The Divine Comedy, Dante's chronicle of his vividly imagined travels through the Inferno and Purgatory to Paradise.
For those familiar with the jewel-like colors of Botticelli's paintings, it may come as a shock that many of the 92 drawings that survive are very faint preliminary sketches. (They were made with a metal point on sheep parchment, sometimes touched up with pen and ink. A few have been colored in.) But just as the poet Virgil serves as the 35-year-old epic hero's indispensable guide, the astute running commentary in this book helps modern readers perceive how Botticelli subtly evokes the hero's feelings. "Botticelli's Dante is guided above all by his eyes," writes Hein-Thomas Schulze Altcappenberg, chief curator of Berlin's Kupferstichkabinett. "[They] are literally opened in proportion to his enlightenment, until his vision ultimately dissolves in an image of pure beauty, liberated from constraints of time and space."
By showing multiple views of the characters in a single drawing, Botticelli portrays Dante's successive reactions to what he sees and Virgil's responses to his charge's state of mind. And by giving every group of doomed souls a distinctive gesture or expression, he follows the poet's lead in illuminating both the individual and the universal. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same title that has been shown in Berlin and Rome and continues at the Royal Academy of Arts in London through June 2001, this book represents a triumph of accessible scholarship, intelligent design, and deeply rewarding content. --Cathy Curtis
Titolo: Sandro Botticelli: The Drawings for Dante's ...
Casa editrice: Royal Academy of Arts
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. No Jacket. Botticelli, Sandro (illustratore). Published for the exhibition in Berlin, 200; Rome 200, and London, March-June 2001. 30 cm wide by 25 cm tall by 3.5cm deep. Weighs 2345g so will incur extra postage. Pages 292 to 341 are seven illustrated essays by nine authors. All text in English. A small nick in the hinge of the back cover. and one back cover corner knocked. Codice libro della libreria 004470
Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Royal Academy of Arts, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Oblong quarto embossed grey cloth hardcover in dj, near fine book in a like dust cover, 360p, 1st edition, illustrated, lovely copy free of any markings. oversized art. Codice libro della libreria ce1026
Descrizione libro Royal Academy of Arts, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020900946857
Descrizione libro Royal Academy of Arts, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110900946857
Descrizione libro Royal Academy of Arts, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0900946857