The Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings (Hardcover)
Volume II: Venice 1540-1600 (National Gallery Catalogues)
National Gallery London, 9781857099133, 544pp.
Publication Date: May 14, 2008
This substantial and beautifully illustrated volume documents the National Gallery’s unrivaled collection of Venetian paintings created between 1540 and 1600, including some of the greatest works commissioned by the city from Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto, and the Bassano family. The collection is so rich and varied that the book serves as an introduction to all the major types of painting produced in Venice during this period––the altarpiece, portrait, confraternity chapel decoration, ceiling and furniture painting, and paintings for the portego (long central hall) of a palace. Among the many important works included are Titian's Vendramin Family Venerating a Relic of the True Cross, Veronese's Family of Darius and four Allegories, and Tintoretto's Origin of the Milky Way. Nicholas Penny provides comprehensive and detailed information reflecting the most up-to-date scholarship on the paintings––many of which have passed through some of the greatest collections in Europe––along with a thorough discussion of their provenance.
About the Author
Nicholas Penny is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. He is the author of many books, including The National Gallery Catalogue of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, Volume I: Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona and The Materials of Sculpture; he is also coauthor of Raphael and coeditor of the forthcoming Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe, all published by Yale University Press.