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Raphael : from Urbino to Rome
Chapman, Hugo.
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London : National Gallery, 2004.
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320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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ND623.R2 A4 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This magnificent book traces the dramatic evolution of Raphael's style, from his earliest work as a competent master of provincial church decoration in Urbino to his later, masterful paintings in Rome. With beautiful color illustrations of more than 90 of the artist's paintings and drawings, accompanied by detailed catalogue entries and informative essays by distinguished scholars, the book is destined to become a classic text on this revered Renaissance artist.
Included in the book are discussions of Raphael's origins in Urbino, his earliest influences, and his first works for churches in Umbria and the Marches. The influence of Leonardo and Michelangelo on the young artist as well as the flourishing of his art under the enlightened patronage of Pope Julius II are also studied in detail. The book concludes with two short essays on Raphael's great Vatican frescoes and with a look at the artist's longstanding reputation and the presence of his work in many great British collections.

Author Notes

Hugo Chapman is Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum; Tom Henry is an independent scholar; Carol Plazzotta is Myojin Curator of Italian Renaissance Painting 1500-1600 at the National Gallery, London; Jill Dunkerton is a restorer in the National Gallery's Conservation Department; Arnold Nesselrath is an art historian and restorer based at the Vatican Museum, Rome; and Nicholas Penny is Senior Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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Library Journal Review

Unquestionably one of the most significant figures in the Western art canon, Italian Renaissance painter Raphael was the subject of a recent major exhibition at the National Gallery in London. This catalog includes reproductions of more than 100 paintings and drawings, with informative entries for each and a thoroughly written account of Raphael's life and work. Brief essays on his fresco painting in the Vatican and the history of his work in British art collections complete the volume. Chapman, Tom Henry, Carol Plazzotta, Arnold Nesselrath, and Nicholas Penny are all authorities on Italian Renaissance art, with appointments at leading museums or universities. While the notes and the inclusion of many drawings will appeal to readers with basic knowledge of Raphael's iconic work, the text is written clearly enough to be accessible to readers not already familiar with his life and work. Suitable for academic and public libraries.-Kathryn Wekselman, MLn, Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The story of how the painter Raphael, from provincial Urbino, turned himself into the benchmark artist of the Renaissance by unremitting hard work still has the power to astonish and overwhelm us. Centuries of intense Raphael scholarship, interlaced with new research and documents, was synthesized in the limpid exhibition mounted by the National Gallery of London, as classic in its clarity and seeming ease of conceptualization as the revered artist himself. The catalog includes substantial entries on each of the works shown, with full color reproduction. The most important segment of the painter's career is covered, from his first extant works c. 1500 through the first part of his Rome period, up to 1513. The presentation unrolls in three acts in the best dramatic tradition: formation in Urbino and Perugia; the watershed of Florence graced by interaction with Michelangelo and Leonardo; the great triumphs of the early years in Rome. Included is a meaty introductory essay that revises our concept of Raphael's training, and a fine essay on Victorian collecting of Raphael. For all Renaissance scholars. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. D. Pincus National Gallery of Art