The Pollaiuolo Brothers: The Arts of Florence and Rome (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/9/10
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Famous for their new treatment of heroic, antique subjects and the depiction of the male nude in action, Antonio and Piero del Pollaiuolo ran one of the most successful and advanced workshops in fifteenth-century Florence. This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book reexamines the brothers’ careers and multifaceted work to present a fresh understanding of their contributions to the development of Italian art.
Art historian Alison Wright draws on new evidence to reassess the Pollaiuolo brothers’ activities as painters, sculptors, and designers and to set their work in the context of the changing social, political, and cultural life of both Florence and Rome. She considers Antonio’s and Piero’s innovations as well as their self-conscious development of distinct products in precious or novel media. The book provides the definitive account of the Pollaiuolo brothers and their practices, a comprehensive list of their works (including some newly attributed), and a fully updated chronology.
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Reading this book as well as examining the many photographic examples of their art makes one marvel at the scope of their creative abilities. They were silver and goldsmiths, painters, sculptors, drawers,engravers and designers; and they were experts in all these areas! Just check out the magnificent tombs of Sixtus IV and Innocent VIII as an example of their prodigious skill and talent.Now these guys were true artists and craftsmen; not like some of today's superstars who earn a fortune by encasing a shark in formalin!
Alison Wright is an authority on the Pollaiuolo brothers-her doctorate covered their paintings. She writes lucidly, comprehensively and interestingly on her subject as well as the fifteenth century Florentine era in general. This weighty tome is excellently printed and the many illustrations (often full page and in color)are of a superior quality. Strongly recommended and very good value.