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Description - The Domenichino Affair by Elizabeth Cropper

Ten years after completing his work The Last Communion of Saint Jerome, Bolognese painter Domenichino was accused by his rival Giovanni Lanfranco of stealing the idea for the painting from an altarpiece crafted by Lanfranco's teacher, Agostino Carracci. The resulting scandal reverberated through the centuries, drawing responses by artists and critics from Poussin and Malvasia to Fuseli and Delacroix. Why was Domenichino attacked in this way when other related paintings - including Raphael's Marriage of the Virgin and Perugino's painting of the same subject - aroused no such negative response? In this fast-paced book, Elizabeth Cropper investigates the Domenichino affair and addresses the perennial debate regarding the precise nature of originality and of imitation. She offers close readings of the paintings involved in the story, detailed analysis of attitudes toward imitation, emulation and plagiarism, and a fascinating discussion of what Domenichino's plight signifies in art history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300109146
ISBN-10: 0300109148
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 190mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Cropper

Elizabeth Cropper is Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Books By Elizabeth Cropper

A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts by Elizabeth Cropper
Paperback, January 2003