Italian Frescoes (Vol I: The Age of Giotto; Vol II: The Early Renaissance; Vol III: The Flowering of the Renaissance; Vol IV: High Renaissance and Mannerism; Vol V: The Baroque Era)

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Italian Frescoes 5 vols. (I: The Age of Giotto; II: The Early Renaissance; III: The Flowering of the Renaissance; IV: High Renaissance and Mannerism; V: The Baroque Era)

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Italian Frescoes. Vols. 1 to 5. (The Age of Giotto, The Early Renaissance, The Flowering of the Renaissance, High Renaissance and Mannerism, The Baroque Era)

Volume 1
Italian Frescoes: The Age of Giotto
Poeschke, Joachim

Abbeville Press, New York, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Large 4to (29.2 x 5.1 x 35.6 cm) 456 pages blue cloth.

The Age of Giotto presents twenty-two outstanding fresco cycles. Created during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, these cycles set new standards for painting and an innovative vision of man, paving the way for the monumental achievements of the Renaissance. It was at this time that fresco painting was not only commissioned for churches and chapels, but also for such secular places as town halls and royal residences with humanist in addition to religious themes. The fresco cycles featured here include brilliant works by Giotto in Assisi, Padua, and Florence; dramatic paintings by Cimabue, thought to be Giotto’s teacher; Pietro Cavillini in Rome; and the Sienese artists Simone Martini and Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti — all of these works still visible on walls and ceilings of palaces and churches spanning Italy from the Veneto to Rome.

The authors describe and illustrate such celebrated sites as the Church of Saint Francis in Assisi, the Chapel of the Scrovegni in Padua, the Public Palace in Siena, and the papal chapel, the Sancta Sanctorum, in Rome. Each of the twenty-two chapters is concise and authoritative, offering a descriptive and interpretive essay on all aspects of fresco painting, covering the artists and their patrons in the context of their cultural and political history. Each essay concludes with a diagram of the site, followed by a series of full- and double-page color plates showing the entire cycle, many reproduced from new photographs of recently restored frescoes. No publisher until now has attempted to gather together and document all the important fresco cycles of Italian art from the late thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. While this volume is the predecessor to the previous books, Italian Frescoes: The Age of Giotto easily stands alone as a masterpiece of art and scholarship which will be welcomed by art historians and art lovers alike.

Volume 2
Italian Frescoes: The Early Renaissance, 1400-1470
Roettgen, Steffi

Abbeville Press, 1996. Hardback. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st edition. Prolifically illustrated. Size: 464pages. Large, heavy 4to (33x28x4,4cm). Original forest green cloth.


The Early Renaissance opens with a concise introductory text discussing various aspects of fifteenth-century fresco painting: artists, patronage, cultural and historical conditions, technical methods, and questions of local tradition. The central section of the book examines twenty-one fresco cycles, each representing a crowning achievement in this field. A descriptive and interpretive essay introduces each cycle and is followed by a series of full-page and double-page color plates-many of them new photography of recently restored frescoes-covering the entire work. This parade of colorful masterpieces, paired with Steffi Roettgen’s authoritative text, makes a brilliant volume that will be treasured by scholars and art lovers alike.

Certain Italian fresco cycles, notably the Brancacci Chapel in Florence by Masaccio, Masolino, and Filippino Lippi, are well known. Others, such as Piero della Francesca’s work in Arezzo and Benozzo Gozzoli’s Chapel of the Magi in Florence, have been reproduced countless times. Yet no publisher — until now — has attempted to gather together and document in extensive photographs the essential fresco cycles of the early Italian Renaissance. The list of works covers the regions of Italy, from the Alpine mountain areas to Puglia, with an emphasis on Tuscany and Florence, the artistic center that gave life to the Renaissance.

Volume 3
Italian Frescoes: The Flowering of the Renaissance, 1470-1510
Roettgen, Steffi

Abbeville Press, New York, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Very nice clean, tight copy free of any marks. 471 pages. Size: 33 x 27,5 x 4cm.

Praised by historians and art lovers alike, Steffe Roettgens first volume on the frescoes of the early Italian Renaissance is the most comprehensive survey of the surviving fresco cycles painted from 1400 to 1470. In this second volume, featuring paintings from 1470 to 1510, scores of new photographs document the brilliance of works by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Mantegna, Perugino, and Signorelli in palaces and chapels stretching from the Alps to Rome.
Professor Roettgens concise and authoritative text illuminates such celebrated sites as the Tornabuoni Chapel in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, and the Camera degli Sposi in Mantua. She also reveals the charm of lesser-known works, such as those in the tiny northern town of Issogne, which capture fifteenth-century men and women bargaining and flirting at an outdoor market.
Descriptive and interpretive essays on each of the seventeen cycles touch on all aspects of fresco painting: the artists and their patrons, cultural and historical conditions, local traditions, and technique. Each essay concludes with a diagram of the site, followed by a stunning series of full-page and double-page color plates of the wall paintings, many of them newly restored. This second volume of Professor Roettgens survey […] easily stands alone as a record of the spectacular art of a flourishing culture.

Volume 4
Italian Frescoes: High Renaissance and Mannerism, 1510-1600
Julian Kliemann

Abbeville Press, New York, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition / Stated first edition, bound in gray cloth with gold lettering. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 496 pages with 460 color plates and 60 black & white illustrations. Heavy and large 4to (27.9 x 3.8 x 34.9 cm).

Following the success of the previous volumes in this extraordinary Series, “The High Renaissance and Mannerism” presents twenty-two fresco cycles that include brilliant works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Andrea del Sarto, Parmigianino, Bronzino, Veronese, and Carracci all of them still visible on walls and ceilings of palaces and churches spanning Italy from the Veneto to Rome.

Volume 5
Italian Frescoes. The Baroque Era, 1600-1800
Roettgen, Steffi

Abbeville Press, 2007. Hardback. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st edition. Translated by Russell Stockman. Prolifically illustrated. Size: 484pages. Large and heavy 4to (27.9 x 4.4 x 33 cm).

The fifth and final volume of the only comprehensive survey in modern times of the surviving Italian frescoes from the Baroque era, 1600 to 1800, this groundbreaking work is an achievement in scholarship and publishing of the same magnitude as Abbeville’s Art of Florence and Art and Spirit of Paris. This new publication features twenty–five fresco cycles, each representing a notable achievement in the history of art. The fresco cycles presented include brilliant works by Domenichino, Sebastiano Ricci, Guercino, and Tiepolo—all of them still visible on walls and ceilings of palaces and churches spanning Italy from Venice to Naples.
The authors present such celebrated sites as the Barberini Palace in Rome and the Pitti Palace in Florence, as well as lesser–known gems. Each of the chapters is concise and authoritative, offering a descriptive and interpretive essay on all aspects of the fresco cycle, covering the artists and their patrons in the context of their cultural and political history. Each essay concludes with a diagram of the site, followed by a series of full– and double–page color plates showing the entire cycle, many reproduced from new photographs of recently restored frescoes.

No publisher until now has attempted to gather together and document all the important fresco cycles of Italian art from the late thirteenth to the eighteenth century. While this volume is a continuation of the previous books, Italian Frescoes: The Baroque Era certainly stands alone as an incredible treasury of art and scholarship that will be eagerly collected by art historians and art lovers alike.

All books are fully illustrated with reproductions of colour photographs and black-and-white maps.

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