National Gallery of Art (USA)
Shapley (Fern Rusk), 1890-1984

Catalogue of the Italian paintings

Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, 1979
Two volumes (23.5 × 15 cm, 23.5 × 20.5 cm), I: xii, 591 (3) pp. II: [406] pp., with a series black & white illustrations (numbered 1-379). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Catalogue of all the Italian pictures in the collection (including those not normally on public view), reporting whatever information is found on the backs of the canvases, or revealed through x-ray examination (about twenty x-rays are reproduced), with comments on condition (alterations to the painting surface by damage, cleaning, or restorations), provenance, past attributions and the compiler’s own opinions. “[The compiler] is really very good on the trickiest of all entries in the catalogue (those under Giorgione)”; “she also makes valuable new contributions to the study of Dosso and a number of other pictures”. “As far as completeness goes [her] catalogue is exemplary… I have found very few mistakes in it” (quotations from a review by Ellis Waterhouse, in The Burlington Magazine, volume 122, September, 1980, pp.637-638). ¶ Light shelf wear.

£ 48


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