by Frommel, Christoph Luitpold with Stefano Ray and Manfredo Tafuri
Milano: Electa Editrice, 1984. First/Original. Slipcased. VG/VG/Good+ (Book itself VG, clean, tight, and bright. Former owners, bookplate - Paul/Gabriele Geier (see notes in comment section) inside front cover; Acetate cover VG with no chips or tears; Slipcase solid but with some chipping to paper layer of spine and light fingerprint soiling. All in all a lovely set.). Butter yellow paper/boards; color illustrations and maroon/black lettering. Clear acetate dj. In board slipcase matching book cover. 475 pp. with bw illustrations and color plates throughout, numbered by chapter. Notes laid in (see comments). Text in Italian. "Raphael's architectural work is still considerably unknown, compared to his paintings. This book illuminates the extreme complexity of Raphael's oeuvre. Numerous innovations emerged from the complex design and history of St. Peter's and the Villa Madama, and Branconio Palace. Raphael's architecture has been considered from many different points of view: its developments, in relation to its cultural context (urban conditions, the strategies of power and ideological implications of papal Rome, and as cultural monuments). Raphael, not only as an artist, but also as an architect brought significant impact at a crucial moment in the history of the Italian Renaissance." With Part I essays by Frommel, Ray, and Tafuri, as well as John Shearman on Raphael, Architect in 15th-Century Rome. Part 2 (17 essays) are about his architecture. Part 3 covers Raphael and antiquity. The laid-in notes are typed, dated May 1984, and are a conversation (in German) with Frommel about an exhibition of "Raffaele Architetto," (held in Rome, 29 February-15 June 1984, for which this volume was the exhibition catalogue, according to footnotes in an article. This particular volume was once owned by art donors Paul and Gabriele Geier. Paul Geier was with the US Embassy in Rome, where he and Gabriele became good friends with Bernard Berenson, owner of Villa I Tatti, which later became Harvard University's international center for research and scholarship in art history. The villa is renowned for its library, for which many of the funds were donated by the Geiers.
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