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Sienese Painting: From Duccio to the Birth of the Baroque

Chelazzi Dini, Giulietta; Angelini, Alessandro; Sani, Bernardina

ISBN 10: 0810941848 / ISBN 13: 9780810941847
Published by Harry N Abrams Inc, 1998
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Painters whose style distinguished this elegant Italian city were masters such as Simone Martini and Duccio de Buoninsegna, whose bold use of brilliant color, elegant goldwork and elaborate pattern set Siena apart from its neighbors. Then the mid-14th century saw the brothers Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti who introduced a new feeling for space, weight and volume to their figures. Ah, the Sienese had a most distinctive style which is illustrated beautifully in this magnificent book. Read it in Albany, gaze at the pictures in Des Moines and WEEP fhat you can't be, right now, in Siena. The answer is here: the next best thing is THIS BOOK. A hefty volume that will enthrall you for ages to come. // Book is NEW and MINT, and so is the DJ, now in new Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 002229

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Title: Sienese Painting: From Duccio to the Birth ...

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Brand New / MINT

Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New / MINT

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(Paintings) 13.25 x 11.5", hardcover, dust jacket, 472 pages. An exquisite look at the Italian city of Siena which from the late Middle Ages into the seventeenth century was a thriving center of trade, learning, and fine art. 350 illustrations, including 200 plates in full color. Near Fine/Near Fine.


Sienese painting is often thought of in reference to the strikingly colorful and beautifully designed paintings of Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini, and the Lorenzetti brothers, from the dawn of the Italian Renaissance. This sumptuous book carefully traces that glorious early heritage. But it also extends its reach forward to about 1700 in order to include many later artists, with whom readers may not be as familiar, such as Rutilio Manetti, whose passionate style was radically altered after he came into contact with the revolutionary work of Caravaggio. The last chapters contain Baroque paintings of extraordinary color and warmth, such as Domenico Beccafumi's shadowy, sweet Annunciation. Nonetheless, it is the almost magically compelling early Sienese masters who dominate this volume. Lorenzetti's intricate Effects of Good Government in the Town and Countryside, for example, from the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, is thoughtfully reproduced both in its entirety, in a four-page fold-out, and in many details that do justice to such minutiae as the chain holding two hunting dogs together, or a pheasant flushed from a wheat field. Even amateur art lovers will sense both the piety and the struggle toward naturalism that inform the earliest of these works. The angel whispering to the saint, the rich red robe of Christ, Mary's sober countenance--all seem imbued with fervor, both painterly and religious.

This book gives the reader the closest possible look at these masterworks. It is organized chronologically, with thoroughly documented texts on each period and every work, printed in excellent, well-spaced type. One small flaw in an otherwise beautifully designed book: there are no dates or measurements in the captions. --Peggy Moorman

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