From Urbino to Rome

Hugo Chapman, Tom Henry, and Carol Plazzotta; With contributions by Arnold Nesselrath and Nicholas Penny

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This magnificent book traces the dramatic evolution of Raphael’s style, from his earliest work as a competent master of provincial church decoration in Urbino to his later, masterful paintings in Rome. With beautiful color illustrations of more than 90 of the artist’s paintings and drawings, accompanied by detailed catalogue entries and informative essays by distinguished scholars, the book is destined to become a classic text on this revered Renaissance artist.
Included in the book are discussions of Raphael’s origins in Urbino, his earliest influences, and his first works for churches in Umbria and the Marches. The influence of Leonardo and Michelangelo on the young artist as well as the flourishing of his art under the enlightened patronage of Pope Julius II are also studied in detail. The book concludes with two short essays on Raphael’s great Vatican frescoes and with a look at the artist’s longstanding reputation and the presence of his work in many great British collections.

Hugo Chapman is Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum; Tom Henry is an independent scholar; Carol Plazzotta is Myojin Curator of Italian Renaissance Painting 1500–1600 at the National Gallery, London; Jill Dunkerton is a restorer in the National Gallery’s Conservation Department; Arnold Nesselrath is an art historian and restorer based at the Vatican Museum, Rome; and Nicholas Penny is Senior Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

“The National Gallery has published an extremely handsome exhibition catalogue which is really more of a book on Raphael than it is a guide to the exhibition”—Literary Review

"For all Renaissance scholars. Essential."—Choice


“Richly illustrated . . . strikes a judicious balance between technical expertise—history, attribution, scholarship—and a wider public’s interest in how pictures are made, how highly organized workshops such as Raphael’s were set up, what people have seen in Raphael in earlier eras, what they themselves should be seeking out, and seeing, in the works on display.”—Ingrid D. Rowland, New York Review of Books

“[This book] fills out the story of the development of this sublime master by including, alongside images from the show, pictures of art works that were far too large or too fragile to be transported.”—Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times (London)

"A significant contribution to Renaissance scholarship."—Jeryldene Wood, Renaissance Quarterly

"[It] will forever change the experts' way of looking at the artistic development of this popular, precocious and progressive genius. . . . The book is certain to be a standard contribution to the history of religious art and psychological and sensuous portraiture."—Chronique
ISBN: 9781857099942
Publication Date: November 10, 2004
Co-publisher: Published by the National Gallery, London/ Distributed by Yale University Press
320 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/4
81 b/w + 159 color illus.

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