The Italian Paintings Before 1400


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The National Gallery in London houses one of the most important collections of early Italian paintings outside Italy, including works by Cimabue, Duccio, Giotto and the di Cione brothers. This completely updated catalogue of the collection is the first published since 1989, and it now includes four exceptional acquisitions from the intervening years: the 13th-century diptych now attributed to the Master of the Borgo Crucifix, The Virgin and Child by Cimabue, The Virgin and Child by the Clarisse Master, and The Coronation of the Virgin by Bernardo Daddi.

For this volume, Dillian Gordon takes into account the substantial body of new research published over the past twenty years to review and in some cases reattribute the works. All but two paintings have been re-examined by the National Gallery's team of curators, conservators, and scientists. Through the use of infrared reflectography, much new information has been revealed regarding the significance of underdrawings and technique. Each work is illustrated in color, and many are accompanied by details and technical and comparative illustrations.

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

Dillian Gordon was until recently Curator of Paintings before 1460 at the National Gallery, London. Among her many previous publications is The Fifteenth-Century Italian Paintings, a volume in the ongoing series of new National Gallery Catalogues.

"[This catalogue] will set the standard for future museum catalogues. . . . Attributions and comparisons are measured and astute, and iconographic explanations convincing, making this volume one that will be a reference source for many years to come."—J. T. Paoletti, Choice

"More than five hundred densely printed and profusely illustrated pages provide a plethora of information… Gordon’s discussions are… factual and lucid, succinct yet comprehensive, incorporating as much recent scholarship as is possible and evaluating it in a balanced way…. This catalogue is a monument both to the Gallery and to her."—Victor M. Schmidt, Burlington Magazine

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2012 for Fine Arts within the Humanities category.
ISBN: 9781857094824
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
566 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4
500 color illus.
The Wilton Diptych

Dillian Gordon; With contributions by Caroline M.

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