Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More Than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and Other Artifacts

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Price
$75.00
Publisher
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Publish Date
Pages
542
Dimensions
11.14 X 11.05 X 2.25 inches | 8.33 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781579129439

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About the Author

Anja Grebe teaches art history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. She has taken part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern art history. Grebe is also the author of The Vatican: All the Paintings. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.

Ross King is the bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Among his books are Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo, and The Pope's Ceiling, and Leonardo and The Last Supper. King also serves on the council of Academic Advisors for Friends of Florence, a fundraising charity that ensures the survival of Florence's art and architectural treasures. When not traveling for work or pleasure, he lives in the historic town of Woodstock, near Oxford, with his wife Melanie.

Reviews

This comprehensive and heavy tome illustrates all the works of art on display in the Vatican and underscores the variety of its art, including works that popes commissioned from painters as well as works that were accumulated for art appreciation and prestige beginning in the 17th century. The book is divided into 22 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican. This includes the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), with paintings given to or purchased by the pops or removed from altarpieces of papal churches. Also included are images of art from the Borgia Apartments, the famous Raphael Rooms, and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Lesser-known works are included, such as a collection of modern religious art and tapestry and maps. The diversity of the holdings is highlighted by such collections as the Pio-Clementine Museum of early Christian Rome, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, which houses non-Western art. Not to be forgotten is St. Peter's Basilica and Piazz, and its art including Michelangelo's famous Pieta sculpture.

VERDICT This book, which has many beautiful color illustrations, its own slipcover, and a DVD that includes every work of art, will appeal to readers who are interested in the art of the Vatican.