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The definitive three volume introduction to Italian sculpture from 1150 to the late 17th century
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'No book on art is more intelligent, more learned and unpretentious, or more infused with passion; it is a tremendously exciting education in art, history, society, the advancement of thought and craft - in a word, in civilization.' (New York Times)
'It is a landmark publication. This is undoubtedly the introduction to Italian sculpture.' (Times Literary Supplement)
'This is a solid work of reference, with an absorbing and careful text, filled with penetrating analyses of monuments, fountains, and busts of the great Italian sculptors, and it is most unlikely to be superseded for many years to come.' (Literary Review)
'Magisterial and essential introductory survey of Italian sculpture. Pope-Hennessy's acute visual sensitivity and intelligent critique of plastic form enriches the reader's understanding.' (The Art Book)
'A survey unmatched in its breadth and depth.' (Chicago Tribune)Synopsis:
For the fourth edition of this introduction to Italian sculpture, the author has thoroughly revised the text, notes and bibliographies, incorporating all the significant new research and publications since the last major revision in 1970-2. This boxed set contains all three volumes of John Pope-Hennessy's work on Italian sculpture. Vol I covers the period from about 1150 to 1400. The sculptors dealt with include Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Arnolfo di Cambio, Andrea and Nino Pisano, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Jacopo della Quercia. The monuments illustrated include the great Pisano pulpits, the facades of the cathedrals of Siena, Florence and Orvieto, Milan Cathedral and S. Petronio at Bologna, the Scaliger tombs at Verona, the Angevin monuments in Naples and Ghiberti's famous door for the Baptistery in Florence. Volume II, spanning the 15th century, is dominated by the revolutionary genius of Donatello, whose work is illustrated. The author traces through this period the development, or revival of the free-standing statue, the relief, the bronze statuette, the equestrian monument and the portrait bust.Other great masters include Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Antonio Rossellino, Desiderio da Settignano, Riccio, Francesco Laurana and Tullio Lombardo. Volume III, ranging from 1500 to the late-17th century, begins and ends with two outstanding personalities: Michelangelo and Bernini. Michelangelo forged a new and ideal style, the development of which is traced in the work of Andrea and Jacopo Sansovino, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna, Pietro Tacca, Leone Leoni, Alessandro Vittoria and others. The author also describes the artistic problems presented by the statue, relief, portrait, tomb and fountain in the 16th century, culminating in the dramatic innovations of Bernini which ushered in the Baroque style. Each volume consists of an illustrative exposition followed by full scholarly bibliographies, notes to the plates and full indexes. The new edition of this work provides an accessible introduction to the subject for scholars, students and all lovers of Italian art. At the same time its scholarly notes make it a valuable reference work. Each volume can be enjoyed in its own right.
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Book Description Phaidon Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0714835803