In the Light of Naples
The Art of Francesco de Mura
One third of the works of the Neopolitan painter Francesco de Mura (1696–1782) were destroyed when the Abbey of Monte Cassino was bombed in 1944, plunging the artist into even deeper obscurity. This volume accompanied an exhibition that toured America in 2017, aiming to revive the reputation and appreciation of De Mura as one the last great Baroque masters: it presents reproductions and commentaries on 40 surviving works and associated sketches, along with essays on his life and work.
Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting
The Word in the Workbench
In a scholarly, richly illustrated study of the mid-17th-century Neapolitan art world, Marshall charts the links between the artisans, painters and dealers of this bustling city and its wealthy patrons and consumers of art. Among the topics examined are the working lives of artists, the process of buying and selling cabinet pictures, the rise of the exhibition, and the careers of successful artists such as Luca Giordano, Jusepe de Ribera and Massimo Stanzione.
Rembrandt's Abraham and the Angels
Painted in 1646 on a panel less than nine inches wide, Rembrandt’s Abraham Entertaining the Angels is a work of intense spirituality. Privately owned, it had a rare public showing at The Frick Collection in New York in 2017. This associated study places the painting as the first of a series of ten depictions of divine intervention in human life. A further 26 illustrations relate it to work by Rembrandt’s predecessors and contemporaries.
Fired by Passion
Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier
From the historical background of the Du Paquier factory in baroque Vienna, to a study of the porcelain room in the former Palais Dubsky in Brno, the first two volumes of this lavishly illustrated work contain 13 essays on aspects of du Paquier’s porcelain, including its style, cultural context and links to Meissen. Volume three provides technical chapters and a catalogue of nearly 500 pieces, plus a CD-ROM of original documents. The volumes are cloth bound, decorated with Du Paquier motifs and slip-cased.
This study of the Genoese artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) is the result of a collaboration between the Denver Art Museum and the Royal Collection, with its unrivalled holdings of Castiglione’s works in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Reproducing over 90 paintings and dry-brush drawings and illustrating a further 30 details, the catalogue offers a new appraisal of the artist’s works, his life and volatile personality, and his position within 17th-century art.
Vermeer & The Dutch Masters
In this generously illustrated guide to the Dutch Golden Age of painting, genre works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen and many others are fêted for their power to transform the everyday – artisanship, domesticity, intellectual curiosity – into the extraordinary. Covering themes of patronage, trade, meaning and motif, the book shows how a rich array of subject matter, including still life, landscape and domestic interiors, reflects the blossoming of Dutch society in a time of economic prosperity and artistic freedom.