Masterpieces of Italian Painting

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ISBN: 978-1-904832-14-0

176 Pages

270 x 205 mm (8 x 10 ⅝ in)

90 colour and 20 b&w illustrations

In association with the Walters Art Museum

October 2005


Highlights one of the greatest troves of Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings in North America through 50 major paintings

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Edited by Morten Steen and Joaneath A. Spicer

Contributions by Martina Bagnoli, Kim Butler, Cathleen Fleck, Maia Wellington Gahtan, Morten Steen Hansen, Eik Kahng, C. Griffith Mann, Shilpa Prasad, Joaneath A. Spicer, Tanya Tiffany and Jane Van Deuren.

This lavishly illustrated book presents 50 key paintings from one of the great collections of Italian paintings, with examples of major works dating from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries.  Each painting is accompanied by an extended entry, which addresses specific questions on the subject matter and style of each work.  Introductions to each chronological section situate individual works of art within the artistic and stylistic developments of the period. Signature pieces featured in this volume include Virgin and Child with Saints and Angels, ca. 1340–45, by Pietro Lorenzetti; The Ideal City, ca. 1480–84, attributed to Fra Carnavale; Madonna and Child with Saints and Three Venetian Procurators, 1510 by Giovanni Bellini and workshop; Madonna of the Candelabra, ca. 1513, by Raphael and workshop; Portrait of Countess Livia da Porto Thiene and Her Daughter Porzia, ca. 1551, by Veronese; The Penitent Magdalene, ca. 1635, by Guido Reni; and Scipio Africanus Freeing Massiva, 1719–21, by Giambattista Tiepolo.  Taken together, these paintings constitute a magnificent array of individual works as well as a historical journey through seven centuries of Italian art.

A select bibliography provides both standard reference sources and a selection of the most important recent books and articles on each work and artist featured in the book.

Author biographies

Joaneath A. Spicer is James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum.

Morten Steen Hansen is a lecturer at the School of Art + Art History + Design, University of Washington and was formerly assistant curator for Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Gary Vikan
  2. Introduction by Morten Steen Hansen
  3. Twelfth-Fourteenth Centuries
  4. Fifteenth Century
  5. Sixteenth Century
  6. Seventeenth Century
  7. Eighteenth Century
  8. Selected Bibliography
  9. Index