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Renaissance Siena by Luke Syson
Book DescriptionSienese art was very deliberately shaped and sustained by the patronage of powerful and wealthy families, such as the Petrucci, Piccolomini and the Spannochi, to provide an artistic language for an ambitious city. These commissions drew on Siena's famed decorative traditions and introduced the influences of foreign artists, such as Signorelli, Pintoricchio and Raphael. Rarely enslaved to the emerging naturalistic convention, a direct line can be traced from Sienese artists such as Vecchietta and Francesco di Giorgio to Matteo di Giovanni, Neroccio de' Landi, Pietro Orioli and Beccafumi. These artists combined exquisite colour, decoration, sinuous line and delicate beauty, with ambitious compositions and figure style. This beautiful catalogue reveals Sienese painting, drawing and sculpture as one of the most distinctive, elegant and moving schools of Italian art, created during a period of fascinating power shifts within the city itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857093926
(290mm x 245mm x 33mm)
Imprint: National Gallery Company Ltd
Publisher: National Gallery Company Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Explaining the complicated relationship between the fine arts and artefacts of other kinds, for which artistry might be just as important, this book features Renaissance-period pieces designed by notable artists of the time, as well as lesser known specialists.
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Author Biography - Luke Syson
Alessandro Angelini is Associate Professor of Modern Art at the University of Siena. Hugo Chapman is Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. Gabriele Fattorini is assistant at Fondazione Musei Senesi, Siena. Philippa Jackson is a historian of Sienese cultural history. Fabrizio Nevola teaches at the University of Siena. Jackson and Nevola are co-editors of Beyond the Palio: Urbanism and Ritual in Renaissance Siena (2006). Xavier F. Salomon is Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Luke Syson is Curator of Italian Paintings 1460-1500; Simona De Nepi is Assistant Curator; Carol Plazzotta is Myojin Curator of Italian Paintings 1500-1600. All three are based at the National Gallery, London.
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