Cennino Cennini's Il Libro Dell'arte

A New English Language Translation and Commentary and Italian Transcription

Author: Lara Broecke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909492288

Category: Art

Page: 248

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This book, a new translation (with introduction and notes) of Il Libro dell'Arte, marks a great step forward in our understanding of Cennino Cennini - his life and times - and the materials and techniques employed by artists in fourteenth century Italy. Over eighty years ago, D. V. Thompson presented his translation entitled The Craftsman's Handbook as a workshop manual aimed at readers who wished to produce a work of art by following Cennino's instructions. The present volume not only establishes more precisely what Cennino actually wrote, by correcting more than 400 errors in Thompson's text, but also includes the transcribed Italian text and very extensive notes on both the language and the technical descriptions. In addition, the author's most informative introduction places Cennino in context and accounts for the genesis of the libro dell'arte by reference to the society in which it was produced. This volume is a landmark text for students and professionals in the field of art history. Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Why a new translation?; Who was Cennino Cennini?; What is the Libro dell'arte?; The transmission and translation of the Libro dell'arte; Notes on the transcription; Notes on the translation; Il libro dell'arte: English translation and commentary and Italian transcription; Notes on substantive differences from Thompson's translation; Appendix; Bibliography.

The Renaissance Nude

Author: Thomas Kren,Jill Burke,Stephen J. Campbell

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 160606584X

Category: Art

Page: 432

View: 2087

A gloriously illustrated examination of the origins and development of the nude as an artistic subject in Renaissance Europe Reflecting an era when Europe looked to both the classical past and a global future, this volume explores the emergence and acceptance of the nude as an artistic subject. It engages with the numerous and complex connotations of the human body in more than 250 artworks by the greatest masters of the Renaissance. Paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, and book illustrations reveal private, sometimes shocking, preoccupations as well as surprising public beliefs—the Age of Humanism from an entirely new perspective. This book presents works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, and Martin Schongauer in the north and Donatello, Raphael, and Giorgione in the south; it also introduces names that deserve to be known better. A publication this rich in scholarship could only be produced by a variety of expert scholars; the sixteen contributors are preeminent in their fields and wide-ranging in their knowledge and curiosity. The structure of the volume—essays alternating with shorter texts on individual artworks—permits studies both broad and granular. From the religious to the magical and the poetic to the erotic, encompassing male and female, infancy, youth, and old age, The Renaissance Nude examines in a profound way what it is to be human.

The Craftsman's Handbook

Author: Cennino Cennini

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486136620

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 142

View: 5123

Fifteenth-century handbook, written by a working artist of the day, reveals techniques of the masters in drawing, oil painting, frescoes, panel painting, gilding, casting, more. Direct link to artists of Middle Ages.

Conservation of Easel Paintings

Author: Joyce Hill Stoner,Rebecca Rushfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136000429

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 928

View: 4373

Conservation of Easel Paintings is the first comprehensive text on the history, philosophy, and methods of treatment of easel paintings that combines both theory with practice. With contributions from an international group of experts and interviews with important artists, this volume provides an all-encompassing guide to necessary background knowledge in technical art history, artists' materials, scientific methods of examination and documentation, with sections that present varying approaches and methods for treatment, including consolidation, lining, cleaning, retouching, and varnishing. The book concludes with a section featuring issues of preventive conservation, storage, shipping, exhibition, lighting, safety issues, and public outreach. Conservation of Easel Paintings is a crucial resource in the training of conservation students and will provide generations of practicing paintings conservators and interested art historians, curators, directors, collectors, dealers, artists, and students of art and art history with invaluable information and guidance.

Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters

Author: Charles Lock Eastlake

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486417263

Category: Art

Page: 561

View: 6120

Sir Charles Eastlake, a former president of the British Royal Academy and director of the National Gallery, was one of the world's foremost experts on the techniques of painting. A painter of considerable renown himself, he devoted years to traveling throughout England and Europe, where he searched through museums, monasteries, universities, and libraries, gradually amassing a collection of rare manuscripts from which he was able to reconstruct the technical secrets of the great painters of the past. In this comprehensive treasury (two volumes bound as one), Eastlake presents the results of his researches. He offers detailed discussions of Greek and Roman art methods, medieval techniques, tempera painting, the revolutionary use of oil paints by Hubert van Eyck, Flemish methods of preparing colors, and the methods of Reynolds and other 18th-century British masters. The second volume focuses on the technical secrets of members of various Italian schools, including such masters as Leonardo, Raphael, Perugino, Correggio, Andrea del Sarto, and many others. Rounding off the book are more than 100 pages of professional essays covering a wide range of subjects—from "Life in Inanimate Things" and "Neutral Tints in White and Other Draperies" to "Venetian Process" and "How to Compose and Paint a Single Head." Students, painters, art historians, and any lover of fine art will find Eastlake's work invaluable, both for its source material and its painstaking coverage of the technical evolution of painting. Dover (2001) unabridged republication in one volume of the work originally published by Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans in two volumes in 1847 as Materials for a History of Oil Painting.

Literature and Artistic Practice in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Author: Angela Cerasuolo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900433534X

Category: History

Page: 500

View: 1386

A study on the technique of painting through cross-analysis of literary texts by Leonardo, Vasari, Armenini, Borghini, Lomazzo and works of art, examining some significant paintings in the Capodimonte Museum, Naples.

Painters on Painting

Author: Eric Protter

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486299419

Category: Art

Page: 294

View: 8710

Famous artists discuss their aims, methods, techniques, other artists, and much more in unique compilation spanning 7 centuries of Western art. Michelangelo's account of painting the Sistine Chapel, Picasso's motivation for creating "Guernica," many other insights from da Vinci, Chagall, Rubens, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Matisse, and Pollock. 68 illustrations.


Thoughts Left Visible

Author: Kelly Baum,Andrea Bayer,Sheena Wagstaff

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588395863

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 4761

This groundbreaking book explores the evolving concept of unfinishedness as essential to understanding art movements from the Renaissance to the present day. Unfinished features more than 200 works, created in a variety of media, by artists ranging from Leonardo, Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne to Picasso, Warhol, Twombly, Freud, Richter, and Nauman. What unites these works, across centuries and media, is that each one displays some aspect of being unfinished. Essays and case studies by major contemporary scholars address this key concept from the perspective of both the creator and the viewer, probing the impact that this long artistic trajectory—which can be traced back to the first century—has had on modern and contemporary art. The book investigates the degrees to which instances of incompleteness were accidental or intentional experimental or conceptual. Also included are illuminating interviews with contemporary artists, including Tuymans, Celmins, and Marden, and parallel considerations of the unfinished in literature and film. The result is a multidisciplinary approach and thought-provoking analysis that provide valuable insight into the making, meaning, and critical reception of the unfinished in art.


A Natural History of the Palette

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307430830

Category: Art

Page: 464

View: 8129

In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist’s palette, Victoria Finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages, illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of culture itself. How did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo’s brush? What is the connection between brown paint and ancient Egyptian mummies? Why did Robin Hood wear Lincoln green? In Color, Finlay explores the physical materials that color our world, such as precious minerals and insect blood, as well as the social and political meanings that color has carried through time. Roman emperors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfish–which probably meant their scent preceded them. In the eighteenth century, black dye was called logwood and grew along the Spanish Main. Some of the first indigo plantations were started in America, amazingly enough, by a seventeen-year-old girl named Eliza. And the popular van Gogh painting White Roses at Washington’s National Gallery had to be renamed after a researcher discovered that the flowers were originally done in a pink paint that had faded nearly a century ago. Color is full of extraordinary people, events, and anecdotes–painted all the more dazzling by Finlay’s engaging style. Embark upon a thrilling adventure with this intrepid journalist as she travels on a donkey along ancient silk trade routes; with the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean in search of a special purple shell that garners wealth, sustenance, and prestige; with modern Chilean farmers breeding and bleeding insects for their viscous red blood. The colors that craft our world have never looked so bright. From the Hardcover edition.

Flemish Manuscript Painting in Context

Recent Research

Author: Elizabeth Morrison,Thomas Kren

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 0892368527

Category: Art

Page: 208

View: 4012

A companion to the Getty’s prize-winning exhibition catalogue Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, this volume contains thirteen selected papers presented at two conferences held in conjunction with that exhibition. The first was organized by the Getty Museum, and the second was held at the Courtauld Institute of Art under the sponsorship of the Courtauld Institute and the Royal Academy of Arts. Added here is an essay by Margaret Scott on the role of dress during the reign of Charles the Bold. Texts include Lorne Campbell’s research into Rogier van der Weyden’s work as an illuminator, Nancy Turner’s investigation of materials and methods of painting in Flemish manuscripts, and trenchant commentary by Jonathan Alexander and James Marrow on the state of current research on Flemish illumination. A recurring theme is the structure of collaboration in manuscript production. The essays also reveal an important new patron of manuscript illumination and address the role of illuminated manuscripts at the Burgundian court. A series of biographies of Burgundian scribes is featured.

Scribes and Illuminators

Author: Christopher De Hamel,British Museum

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802077073

Category: Art

Page: 72

View: 2125

Looks at the work of medieval paper, parchment, and ink makers, scribes, illuminators, binders, and booksellers

Object Photo

modern Photographs The Thomas Walther Collection 1909-1949

Author: Mitra Abbaspour,Lee Ann Daffner,Maria Hambourg,Quentin Bajac

Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York

ISBN: 9780870709418

Category: Photography

Page: 400

View: 860

OBJECT:PHOTO shifts the dialogue about modernist photography from an emphasis on the subject and the image to the actual photographic object, created by a certain artist at a particular time and present today in its unique physicality. This shift is especially significant for a study of the period during which photography developed a distinctive formal language. A growing awareness of the rarity of images made between the two world wars has altered historians considerations, encouraging new approaches privileging the originality of each work and the density of references each contains. This richly illustrated publication culminates a four-year collaborative research endeavor between The Museum of Modern Arts Departments of Photography and Conservation, and nearly 30 visiting scholars, on the material and aesthetic evolution of avant-garde photography in the early twentieth century. The 341 modernist photographs known as The Thomas Walther Collection, a major museum acquisition made in 2001, is presented in its entirety, establishing a new standard of depth for the medium. Essays by curators, researchers, and conservators consider the history of collecting from this era to the present and how deepening knowledge has shifted the perspective on the medium; the material facts of the Walther pictures as a baseline for understanding the development of photographic materials in this era; and how the intellectual formation of the writers of critical photographic publications of the era and the societal and cultural pressures of that historical moment inflected the photographys sense of its own history. Together with thematic, object-based case studies of groups of pictures that demonstrate new approaches in specific, divergent examples, these contributions reanimate the dialogue on this formative era in photography.

Leonardo Da Vinci

experience, experiment and design

Author: Martin Kemp

Publisher: V & A Enterprises


Category: Art

Page: 213

View: 8033

"In this new study Martin Kemp illuminates the most fundamental aspect of Leonardo's work - how he thought visually. The pages of his notebooks teem with ideas and are unparalleled in the graphic work of any other thinker from any age. They provide an unrivalled insight into the working of his creative mind. The images have been arranged so that the material from the various sources becomes mutually enriching, offering insights into the unity, cross-connections and range of Leonardo's thinking."--BOOK JACKET.

Adhesives and Consolidants in Painting Conservation

Author: Alexandra Gent

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904982883

Category: Art

Page: 99

View: 9885

The conference papers in this volume give an overview of current requirements, practice and innovation in the use of adhesives and consolidants in paintings conservation.

Re-Reading Leonardo

"The Treatise on Painting across Europe, 1550?900 "

Author: Claire Farago

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351551280

Category: Art

Page: 652

View: 4103

For nearly three centuries Leonardo da Vinci's work was known primarily through the abridged version of his Treatise on Painting, first published in Paris in 1651 and soon translated into all the major European languages. Here for the first time is a study that examines the historical reception of this vastly influential text. This collection charts the varied interpretations of Leonardo's ideas in French, Italian, Spanish, English, German, Dutch, Flemish, Greek, and Polish speaking environments where the Trattato was an important resource for the academic instruction of artists, one of the key sources drawn upon by art theorists, and widely read by a diverse network of artists, architects, biographers, natural philosophers, translators, astronomers, publishers, engineers, theologians, aristocrats, lawyers, politicians, entrepreneurs, and collectors. The cross-cultural approach employed here demonstrates that Leonardo's Treatise on Painting is an ideal case study through which to chart the institutionalization of art in Europe and beyond for 400 years. The volume includes original essays by scholars studying a wide variety of national and institutional settings. The coherence of the volume is established by the shared subject matter and interpretative aim: to understand how Leonardo's ideas were used. With its focus on the active reception of an important text overlooked in studies of the artist's solitary genius, the collection takes Leonardo studies to a new level of historical inquiry. Leonardo da Vinci's most significant contribution to Western art was his interpretation of painting as a science grounded in geometry and direct observation of nature. One of the most important questions to emerge from this study is, what enabled the same text to produce so many different styles of painting?

The Strasbourg Manuscript

A Medieval Tradition of Artists' Recipe Collections (1400-1570)

Author: Sylvie Neven

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909492417

Category: Artists' materials

Page: 224

View: 1620

This book is the first to be dedicated to a comprehensive study with English of the early 15th century Strasbourg One of the oldest technical manuals to include a recipe collection describing the preparation of drying oil media and their application in panel painting This book is the first to be dedicated to a comprehensive study with English translation (plus extensive commentary) of the early 15th century Strasbourg Manuscript - believed to have been the oldest German-language source for the study of Northern European painting techniques and considered to be the northern counterpart to Cennini's Il Libro dell arte. It is also one of the oldest technical manuals to include a recipe collection describing the preparation of drying oil media and their application in panel painting. Lost in a fire at the Strasbourg Library in 1870, this recipe collection was preserved in the only known copy commissioned by Sir Charles Eastlake, the first director of the National Gallery which was partially published in 1847. The author's extensive research is based on this copy, two later books based on it and also on comparison with other manuscripts of the Strasbourg tradition, which allowed her to reconstruct the text of the lost manuscript."