In a New Light: Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert
by Rutherglen, Susannah and Charlotte Hale et al.
New York: The Frick Collection / D Giles Limited, 2015. Hardcover. VG (a few corners slightly bumped). Dark gray cloth, olive & color illus. dust jacket, 232 pp., 140+ color illus. Provides analysis of this single panel painting of St. Francis, rendered by Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), "Presents the collective findings of an unprecedented technical examination of St. Francis in the Desert. Following a series of in-depth analyses -- including infrared reflectography, X-radiography, microscopy, and paint sampling -- an international group of specialists considered the artist's working process and its implications for the picture's meaning. Their conclusions provide a 'glimpse over Bellini's shoulder' and open new avenues of research into Venetian Renaissance painting and its cultural and religious context. Also published here for the first time are recently discovered documents pertaining to the provenance of St. Francis in the Desert during the nineteenth century, as well as synthetic studies of the work's Franciscan milieu and early history. ... [This book] comprises essays and technical studies by leading experts in the fields of paintings conservation, Venetian art, the history of collecting, and Franciscan thought." (dj).
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