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Containing individual masterpieces by Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Titian, the extensive collection of Italian drawings at the Fitzwilliam Museum ranges from the work of Pisanello in the early fifteenth century to Sandro Chia in the twentieth. This catalog provides access to the eclectic collection in its entirety, featuring over 800 entries and 1400 color illustrations. Spanish masterpieces by Ribera and Goya are also included. The collection was largely acquired in the twentieth century, mainly by the gift and benefaction of private individuals, and the introduction details the historical development of the collection. Special features include a sketch-book drawn in and around Paris in 1640 by Stefano della Bella and eighteenth-century Venetian drawings by the Tiepolo family. Later sketch-books of Italian costumes and an album of views in and around Naples at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 1822 bear witness to the development of tourism in Italy.Read more
- Many drawings are published here for the first time, providing access to the collection in its entirety
- Includes a detailed history of the development of the collection and an index of previous collectors, of interest to art historians
- Clearly arranged alphabetically by artist, the catalogue contains 1,400 illustrations, most of which are in colour
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"The quality of the drawings is extremely impressive … David Scrase’s entries express his own views with crystal clarity, and he is unfailingly scrupulous in acknowledging the contributions of others … This catalog is almost unprecedentedly undogmatic about the authorship of problem drawings, and it can only be hoped that in this virtue – as in so many others here – future catalogers will take note."
-Apollo MagazineSee more reviews
"The Fitzwilliam's enlightened combination of printed and online resources in this collection serves as a model how the differing strengths of the two can be harnessed together to complementary effect."
--The Burlington Magazine
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- Date Published: April 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521443791
- length: 878 pages
- dimensions: 284 x 226 x 56 mm
- weight: 3.3kg
- contains: 1390 colour illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Foreword Timothy Potts
A catalogue of Italian drawings at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, together with Spanish drawings
Exhibitions and exhibition catalogues
Index of previous owners.
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