Sixteenth-Century Northern European Drawings View publication
Italian Drawings from the Sixteenth Century SET
Edward J. Olszewski
- Pages:2 vols, 628 p.
- Size:220 x 280 mm
- Illustrations:572 b/w, 17 col.
- Publication Year:2008
- € 75,83 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-1-905375-10-3
"(...) the Midwest Art History Society and all the participants in this ambitious publication are to be commended for making available a wide selection of Italian drawings to scholarly audiences."
Babette Bohn (Texas Christian University) in: CAA Review, March 2010
Paintings, sculpture, and classical antiquities are the most
valuable resources of any museum, and are the first objects to be
published in each museum’s own collection catalogue or online
inventory. Collection catalogues, however, have customarily
included only a small sample of the riches to be found in
Midwestern collections of master drawings. This volume of
sixteenth-century drawings has been largely the work of Burton L.
Dunbar (University of Missouri-Kansas City), director of the
project and a specialist in the arts of northern Europe, and Edward
J. Olszewski (Case Western Reserve University), co-editor for the
series, a well-known authority on drawings of the Italian
Renaissance. This volume covers the sixteenth century, including
artists born as a rule between 1480 and 1580, with the exception of
Giovanni Baglione (ca. 1573-1644) and the Carracci. This study
represents a gathering of drawings from forty institutions between
Ohio and Oklahoma based on a census of seventy-five museums and art
centers. Jacob Burckhardt’s contention that the Renaissance
was, in many respects, an age of paganism is readily belied here by
the 471 Italian drawings, the great majority of which are religious
subjects. Antiquity provided a veneer beneath which sixteenth
century artists could cloak their Christianity to make it seem
fresh, reminding believers of the origins of their faith, and
reviving the purity of Christian doctrine in its early years. It is
no surprise, then, to find numerous drawings of antiquities, and
mythologies among the many subjects. A corpus this large can be
representative in many ways, offering a cross-section of media,
subjects, drawing types, and collectors. Of the 471 Italian
drawings scattered across Midwestern America, here we reassemble
many that were at one time in one or more prominent collections.
Every drawing was examined for the following information:
Artist, place of birth and death with dates, biography, title of drawing, date of drawing, dimensions in mm (and in inches), media, institutional credit line, accession number, technical condition, inscriptions, collectors’ marks, watermark, provenance, exhibitions, bibliography, comments.
Edward J. Olszewski (Case Western Reserve University), is a well-known authority on drawings of the Italian Renaissance.