Making Magnificence

Architects, Stuccatori, and the Eighteenth-Century Interior

Christine Casey

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This book tells the remarkable story of the craftsmen of Ticino, in Italian-speaking Switzerland, who took their prodigious skills as specialist decorative plasterworkers throughout Northern Europe in the 18th century, adorning classical architecture with their rich and fluent décor.  Their names are not widely known – Giuseppi Artari (c.1690–1771), Giovanni Battista Bagutti (1681–1755), and Francesco Vassalli (1701–1771) are a few – but their work transformed the interiors of magnificent buildings in Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, and Ireland.  Among the interiors highlighted in this deeply researched, beautifully illustrated volume are Palazzo Reale in Turin, Upper Belvedere in Vienna, St. Martin in the Fields in London, the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, Houghton Hall in Norfolk, and Carton House in Ireland.

Christine Casey is associate professor in architectural history, and the head of the Art Department, at Trinity College Dublin.

Chosen as one of the Art Books of the Year by Nicola Gordon Bowe in the Irish Arts Review (Winter 2017)

“An impressively researched, well-produced monograph, displaying a magisterial knowledge of the subject.” —Phillip Lindley, West 86th
ISBN: 9780300225778
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
328 pages, 8 x 10 3/4
175 color + 50 b/w illus.

The City Within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road, with the Phoenix Park

Christine Casey

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