Italian Art
Apollo & Vulcan: The Art Markets in Italy, 1400-1700
Apollo & Vulcan
The Art Markets in Italy, 1400-1700
Hardcover      ISBN: 1611860067

Guido Guerzoni presents the results of fifteen years of research into one of the more hotly debated topics among historians of art and of economics: the history of art markets. Dedicating equal attention to current thought in the fields of economics, economic history, and art history, Guerzoni offers a broad and far-reaching analysis of the Italian scene, highlighting the existence of different forms of commercial interchange and diverse kinds of art markets. In doing so he ranges beyond painting and sculpture, to examine as well the economic drivers behind architecture, decorative and sumptuary arts, and performing or ephemeral events. Organized by thematic areas (the ethics and psychology of consumption, an analysis of the demand, labor markets, services, prices, laws) that cover a large chronological period (from the 15th through the 17th century), various geographical areas, and several institution typologies, this book offers an exhaustive and up-to-date study of an increasingly fascinating topic."

Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench
Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting
The World in the Workbench
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300174500

The second largest city in 17th-century Europe, Naples constituted a vital Mediterranean center in which the Spanish Habsburgs, the clergy, and Neapolitan aristocracy, together with the resident merchants, and other members of the growing professional classes jostled for space and prestige. Their competing programs of building and patronage created a booming art market and spurred painters such as Jusepe de Ribera, Massimo Stanzione, Salvator Rosa, and Luca Giordano as well as foreign artists such as Caravaggio, Domenichino, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Giovanni Lanfranco to extraordinary heights of achievement. This new reading of 17th-century Italian Baroque art explores the social, material, and economic history of painting, revealing how artists, agents, and the owners of artworks interacted to form a complex and mutually sustaining art world. Through such topics as artistic rivalry and anti-foreign labor agitation, art dealing and forgery, cultural diplomacy, and the rise of the independently arranged art exhibition, Christopher R. Marshall illuminates the rich interconnections between artistic practice and patronage, business considerations, and the spirit of entrepreneurialism in Baroque Italy.

Becoming Venetian: Immigrants and the Arts in Early Modern Venice
Becoming Venetian
Immigrants and the Arts in Early Modern Venice
Hardcover      ISBN: 030014881x

Few, if any, early modern European cities boasted a population as racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse as Renaissance Venice, from German merchants living in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi to the Jewish inhabitants of the Ghetto. This fascinating book focuses on the wealthy elite of that immigrant population. From monumental palaces to pictorial cycles, Blake de Maria examines the artistic patronage commissioned by and associated with rich immigrant merchants who relocated to Venice with the aim of becoming Venetian cittadini, or citizens.

As newcomers to the city, immigrant merchant families had to acquire the material commodities necessary for everyday life, and the need to establish an appropriate spiritual identity proved equally pressing. De Maria investigates important aspects of the artistic, commercial, and familial activities of naturalized citizen families, and considers the communal functions of this merchant clan, their social identity as naturalized citizens, their contributions to the fabric of early modern Venice, and their complex relationship with Venice's native population. Rich in new material and full of human interest, the book sheds light on a significant, hitherto little-known sector in Venetian artistic patronage.

The Brancacci Chapel Florence
The Brancacci Chapel Florence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807613118

The magnificent frescoes in chapels and town halls across Italy together represent one of the greatest achievements of Renaissance art. Commissioned both by private patrons and by the Church, artists responded with images of matchless beauty. Leading scholars treat the works selected for this series in their artistic and historical contexts; each cycle is illustrated with a complete set of the highest quality color reproductions.

The Cinquecento in Florence: 'Modern Manner' and Counter-Reformation
The Cinquecento in Florence
'Modern Manner' and Counter-Reformation
Hardcover      ISBN: 8874613601

Palazzo Strozzi hosts an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to Florentine art of the latter 1500s, the last act of a trilogy dedicated to 16th-century art in Florence, which began with Bronzino in 2010 and Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino in 2014. The Cinquecento in Florence, confronts the development of Florentine art in the second half of the century through paintings and sculptures by artists including Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino, Pontormo, Giorgio Vasari, Giambologna, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Santi di Tito. The exhibition, and this accompanying catalogue, also provides the opportunity to restore important works of art and to construct a wide network of collaboration between museums, cultural institutions and Florentine and Tuscan sites. The result is a celebration of an exceptional cultural epoch of intellectual inspiration marked by the Council of Trent during the Counter-Reformation, and by Francesco I de'Medici, one of the most brilliant representatives of courtly patronage in Europe.

Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections
Illuminations
Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections
Paperback      ISBN: 1907804579

Featuring some of Canada's foremost Baroque paintings, Illuminations studies the Baroque fascination with theatricality and visual spectacle in religious, mythological, and popular imagery. It explores how seventeenth-century audiences were confronted with pictures that frequently broke conventions by manipulating the sources and meaning of light while depicting all types of subjects.

Accompanies a travelling exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton): February 28-May 31, 2015 and then moving to the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), June 26-October 12, 2015.

John Pope-Hennessy: Italian Paintings/the Robert Lehman Collection : Vol. 1
John Pope-Hennessy
Italian Paintings/the Robert Lehman Collection : Vol. 1
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870994794
King Kong: We Didn't Invent Anything
King Kong
We Didn't Invent Anything
Paperback      ISBN: 8888493131

In a world where the remix culture is at the base of every great invention, King Kong, with their DIY philosophy did not literally invent anything, but in fact conceived something fresh, new and original by opening a window onto a whole new world of images, sensations and reconstructions. King Kong is a talented team, that despite being scattered around the world, chose to take on this extraordinary editorial project. By displaying the work of some of the most creative minds from around the globe, the book stunningly shows how different life paths and approaches merge together into a singular perspective of the streets. These artists are Giorgio Di Salvo, Camilla Donzella, Panda, Lele Saveri and Sha Ribiero and their project aims to exhibit personalities and to capture the emotion and cliches of a post-modern, post-political, and post-artistic first generation. This beautiful intersection of illustrations and photography is paired with an insightful introductory text by Federico Sarica. Exhibitions organizer Jaguar Shoes Collective dedicated to double K an exhibition to celebrate their collection as it represented a very real point of reference for that involuntary community of the Do It Yourself culture]. "

The Robert Lehman Collection: Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings
The Robert Lehman Collection
Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings
Hardcover      ISBN: 069104046x

The description for this book, The Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume VI: Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings, will be forthcoming.

What Great Paintings Say. Italian Renaissance
What Great Paintings Say. Italian Renaissance
Hardcover      ISBN: 3836569671

Surreptitious messages, concealed myths, and historical truths lie hidden in the great works of the Italian Renaissance, behind heavy gold leaf and religious symbology. Although often obscured by the archaic language of historical painting, careful analysis and expert interpretation bring these images to life. Discover masterpieces of the most beloved creative epoch in this fascinating art historical inquiry.

Images of war, romance, birth, and knowledge, works of the Italian Renaissance have much to say, when given a voice. Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen do just that--pulling apart each of the 12 featured paintings with all the talent of true detectives to offer an illuminating portal to the past.

From Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam to Ucello's The Battle of San Romano, from Antonello da Messina's St. Jerome in His Study to Pinturicchio's Penelope with the Suitors, the artworks under investigation are a diverse representation of the period's innovation and brilliance, sourced directly from some of the most impressive collections in the world, including the Uffizi, Prado, and National Gallery London.