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The Collection of Old Master drawings at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, home of the Dukes of Devonshire, ranks with the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle as the finest privately owned group of such drawings in Britain and as one of the great princely collections of Europe. It contains outstanding sheets by the great masters from every artistic school. These four volumes devoted to the Italian drawings have detailed entries for nearly 1,000 works from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, among them numerous reattributions and discoveries.
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Michael Jaffe (1923-97) was Professor of the History of Western Art at the University of Cambridge.From Library Journal:
The Renaissance and Baroque drawings accumulated by the dukes of Devonshire over the course of the 18th century constitute what continues to be one of the most important private collections in the world. Domiciled at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, this superb assemblage includes stellar examples by many of the great personalities of the Italian graphic tradition. Aside from a brief recitation of the history of the dukes' collecting and a not particularly helpful overview of these holdings according to regional schools, Jaffe's four volumes attain an enduring value through their splendid visual documentation and cataloging of the approximately 1000 drawings in and from the collection. (More than several superb examples have in recent years been sold but for valid historical and documentary purposes are included in the catalogs.) The entries include required technical data concerning the materials employed, dimensions, iconographic identifications, provenances, exhibition histories, and selective bibliographies. The heart of the entries are, of course, the attributional assessments and assignments made for the works. Specialists have and will find reason to challenge some of the author's attributions, while amateurs will at times feel that laconic assertion replaces carefully articulated stylistic assessment and characterization in the assignment of particular drawings to specific artists. The use of more numerous supplementary visual documentation would in all likelihood enhance an appreciation of some of Jaffe's attributions. From a wider point of view, however, there can be no doubt that these volumes are a resource of inestimable value to collections concerned with the history and art of drawing in the great period of European art.
Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Tech., N.Y.
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Book Description Phaidon Inc Ltd, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0714829374
Book Description Phaidon Inc Ltd, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110714829374