Il Duomo di Monreale, Illustrato e Riportato in Tavole a Cromo-litografiche
by Gravina, Domenico Benedetto
1859. 2 vols. in one: (XII) pp. introductory material including title with engraved view, preface, and statement regarding the scope of the publication, 224 pp. detailed scholarly description of the Sicilian cathedral, including its extensive mosaic cycle, with analyses of style and iconography, copious notes including bibliographical material, and (VII) pp. indices, and errata; and, 90 fine plates incl. 72 superb chromolithographs in rich colors and gold showing views and details of the interior decoration (mainly mosaics), the balance very nice engravings after architectual drawings, etc., 4 photographic plates showing details of columns and capitals. A few plates with scattered soiling, generally bright and fresh. Atlas folio (approx. 30" x 22"). Contents loose as issued in leather-backed cloth portfolio, rubbed, spine expertly repaired. Palermo (F. Lao) 1859. A monumental work in both size and scope, and a milestone in art historical publication, with a plethora of very large and carefully printed chromolithographs showing general views and details of the cathedral and royal mausoleum, a former Benedictine property, which contains the largest and best-preserved mosaic cycle of its kind in all of Italy. The text and plates together provide an exhaustive study of the building and its artworks, still relevant today. (Inventory #: 35382)
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