In a New Light
Giovanni Bellini's "st. Francis in the Desert"
ISBN10: 1907804390 ISBN13: 9781907804397 Contributors: Hale, Charlotte; Christiansen, Keith (Foreword); Allen, Denise (Contributor); Cusato, Michael F. (Contributor) Publisher: D Giles Ltd Published: Mar 17 2015 Pages: 232 Weight: 2.00lbs. Height: 12.00" Width: 12.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert (c. 1476-78) is a masterpiece of Venetian Renaissance art that has inspired generations of visitors to The Frick Collection. This monumental panel painting portrays the beloved Christian saint alone in a mountainous wilderness, stepping forward from his simple shelter into a golden light that seems to transfigure him spiritually. For centuries, viewers have puzzled over the work's meaning; until recently, however, the artist's practical conception and realization of this extraordinary vision have remained largely unexplored.
In a New Light presents the collective findings of an unprecedented technical examination of St. Francis in the Desert. The recent discoveries provide a "glimpse over Bellini's shoulder" and open new avenues of research into Venetian Renaissance painting and its cultural and religious context. A richly illustrated monograph of a single picture, In a New Light comprises essays by leading experts in the fields of paintings conservation, Venetian art, the history of collecting, and Franciscan thought.