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In this book the native Venetian art scholar Stefania Mason takes the reader through a critical appraisal of the painter Vittore Carpaccio, focusing primarily on the four superb cycles of paintings he executed under commission from the city's confraternities between 1490 and 1520. What emerges from the author's insightful analysis is Carpaccio's unerring vision of the Venice of his times, deftly woven with complex allegorical illusions to create vast narrative tableaux that catered to the Venetian institutions' keen awareness of the power of imagery.

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In this book the native Venetian art scholar Stefania Mason takes the reader through a critical appraisal of the painter Vittore Carpaccio, focusing primarily on the four superb cycles of paintings he executed under commission from the city's confraternities between 1490 and 1520. What emerges from the author's insightful analysis is Carpaccio's unerring vision of the Venice of his times, deftly woven with complex allegorical allusions to create vast narrative tableaux that catered to the Venetian institutions' keen awareness of the power of imagery.

The study begins with the fabled Life of St Ursula cycle (1490-c. 1498), now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, in which Carpaccio shows his skilled handling of perspective, endowing his canvases with a mixture of recognisable townscapes and imaginary landmarks of medieval stamp, whose visual cues include personages, gestures, customs and ceremonies in a rhythmical interweaving of reality and legend. Next comes the cycle executed for the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (1502-c. 1507), featuring Sts George, Triphun and Jerome, in which an errant knight and a hermit saint lead the observer into a mythical Orient. The masterpiece of the series is the Vision of St Augustine, where the saint is alone in his study and the disembodied spirit of St Jerome enters by the window in the form of brilliant light illuminating the entire room with its domestic minutiae and panoply of humanistic attributes.

No longer in situ but dispersed among various museums are the last two series carried out by Carpaccio, this time with assistants: the Life of the Virgin cycle for the Scuola degli Albanesi (1502-c. 1507); and the set depicting the Life of St Stephen for the scuola dedicated to the saint (1511-20), a remarkable eulogy to stone and its manifold uses in building and sculpture (many of the confraternity's members were stonemasons). The selection of details and close analysis of Carpaccio's canvases afford a cogent visual guide and critical assessment of this great master of Renaissance painting.

Born in Venice, Stefania Mason teaches Art History at the University of Udine, Italy, where she is coordinator for doctorates in research and heads specialisation courses in art history. Her work focuses principally on painting and drawing, on the relationship between art, devotion, and patronage, and on Venetian collecting from the 1400s to the 1600s. Among her numerous publications is a monograph on Palma Giovane (1984).

A noted art scholar specialised in the history of Venetian painting and sculpture from the 1400s to 1600s, Linda Borean is a regular contributor to leading art journals, including Arte Veneta and The Burlington Magazine.

Synopsis:

A breath-taking view of Carpaccio's teleri (large canvasses) filled with the legendary lives of saints and amazing narrative details by the best storytelling talent of the Venetian Renaissance. The book illustrates and brings together for the first time in a single volume the great cycles of works that Vittore Carpaccio painted in various phases of his career for the scuole of his city. Together these works comprise 30-odd canvasses of various sizes and subjects and can be considered the acme of Carpaccio's work: his sensitivity was precisely that of a narrator here giving full vent to his talent.

About the Author

Born in Venice, Stefania Mason teaches Art History at the University of Udine, Italy, where she is coordinator for doctorates in research and heads specialisation courses in art history. Her work focuses principally on painting and drawing, on the relationship between art, devotion, and patronage, and on Venetian collecting from the 1400s to the 1600s. Among her numerous publications is a monograph on Palma Giovane (1984).

A noted art scholar specialised in the history of Venetian painting and sculpture from the 1400s to 1600s, Linda Borean is a regular contributor to leading art journals, including Arte Veneta and The Burlington Magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9788881187379
Translator:
Ellis, Andrew
Author:
Mason Rinaldi, Stefania
Translator:
Ellis, Andrew
Author:
Mason, Stefania
Author:
Carpaccio, Vittore
Publisher:
Skira - Berenice
Location:
Milano, Italy
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Carpaccio, Vittore
Subject:
Narrative painting, Italian.
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Art - Artists
Series Volume:
EL-97-05
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
185 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
11.3 x 9.7 x 1 in 3.55 lb

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In this book the native Venetian art scholar Stefania Mason takes the reader through a critical appraisal of the painter Vittore Carpaccio, focusing primarily on the four superb cycles of paintings he executed under commission from the city's confraternities between 1490 and 1520. What emerges from the author's insightful analysis is Carpaccio's unerring vision of the Venice of his times, deftly woven with complex allegorical allusions to create vast narrative tableaux that catered to the Venetian institutions' keen awareness of the power of imagery.

The study begins with the fabled Life of St Ursula cycle (1490-c. 1498), now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, in which Carpaccio shows his skilled handling of perspective, endowing his canvases with a mixture of recognisable townscapes and imaginary landmarks of medieval stamp, whose visual cues include personages, gestures, customs and ceremonies in a rhythmical interweaving of reality and legend. Next comes the cycle executed for the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (1502-c. 1507), featuring Sts George, Triphun and Jerome, in which an errant knight and a hermit saint lead the observer into a mythical Orient. The masterpiece of the series is the Vision of St Augustine, where the saint is alone in his study and the disembodied spirit of St Jerome enters by the window in the form of brilliant light illuminating the entire room with its domestic minutiae and panoply of humanistic attributes.

No longer in situ but dispersed among various museums are the last two series carried out by Carpaccio, this time with assistants: the Life of the Virgin cycle for the Scuola degli Albanesi (1502-c. 1507); and the set depicting the Life of St Stephen for the scuola dedicated to the saint (1511-20), a remarkable eulogy to stone and its manifold uses in building and sculpture (many of the confraternity's members were stonemasons). The selection of details and close analysis of Carpaccio's canvases afford a cogent visual guide and critical assessment of this great master of Renaissance painting.

Born in Venice, Stefania Mason teaches Art History at the University of Udine, Italy, where she is coordinator for doctorates in research and heads specialisation courses in art history. Her work focuses principally on painting and drawing, on the relationship between art, devotion, and patronage, and on Venetian collecting from the 1400s to the 1600s. Among her numerous publications is a monograph on Palma Giovane (1984).

A noted art scholar specialised in the history of Venetian painting and sculpture from the 1400s to 1600s, Linda Borean is a regular contributor to leading art journals, including Arte Veneta and The Burlington Magazine.

"Synopsis" by , A breath-taking view of Carpaccio's teleri (large canvasses) filled with the legendary lives of saints and amazing narrative details by the best storytelling talent of the Venetian Renaissance. The book illustrates and brings together for the first time in a single volume the great cycles of works that Vittore Carpaccio painted in various phases of his career for the scuole of his city. Together these works comprise 30-odd canvasses of various sizes and subjects and can be considered the acme of Carpaccio's work: his sensitivity was precisely that of a narrator here giving full vent to his talent.
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