National Gallery Catalogues: The Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, Volume 1


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Brescia, Bergamo and Cremona

Nicholas Penny

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This highly anticipated catalogue of sixteenth-century paintings from the distinguished collection of the National Gallery in London encompasses artists who were active in Bergamo, Brescia, and Cremona, cities characterized as much by the artistic interaction between them as by the influence of Venice. The artists include such well-known names as Lorenzo Lotto, Moretto, and Moroni, along with less familiar ones such as Bartolomeo Veneto and Callisto Piazza.
For each of the paintings, distinguished scholar and curator Nicholas Penny provides information about technique and materials, conservation and condition, and subject and iconography. An account of the painting’s original patronage is followed by a discussion of changing tastes, interpretation, and how the picture was esteemed (or neglected) over the centuries. One third of the paintings catalogued here are portraits, and entries include fascinating sections on contemporary dress, furnishings, and accessories. An appendix provides an illuminating account of some of the great collectors and collections of the past.

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

Nicholas Penny is Senior Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. He was previously Keeper and Clore Curator of Renaissance Art at the National Gallery, London. Among his previous books are Giotto to Dürer, The Materials of Sculpture, and the National Gallery Pocket Guide, Frames, all available from Yale University Press.

"[An] informed, comprehensive survey. . . . Lavishly illustrated with full color photographs and color details. . . . Still more impressive than the thorough analysis of the paintings is Penny's scholarship on the connoisseurs who shaped the Gallery collection. . . . The reader gains knowledge of the taste and temperament of the great English collectors of Renaissance paintings, the Gallery benefactors, and the trustees."—Deborah H. Cibelli, Sixteenth Century Journal

"Penny not only delivers what he promises, he also provides what will become the most comprehensive, authoritative and readable introduction and guide to the superb holdings of Venetian paintings of the second half of the sixteenth century…Penny has to be congratulated on his elegant entries on images that remain amongst the highlights of any visit to the National Gallery. The images are beautifully reproduced."—Gabriele Neher, The Art Book
ISBN: 9781857099089
Publication Date: November 10, 2004
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
448 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4
75 b/w + 225 color illus.

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Edited by Nicholas Penny and Eike D. Schmidt

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