Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery

Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery

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This beautiful book provides a survey of European painting between 1260 and 1510. It is based largely on the collection of early Renaissance paintings in the National Gallery in London, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in the world.

In an extensive introduction the authors explain the background of religious belief and devotional practice for which many of the paintings were created and the secular requirements and ambitions that influenced them. They discuss the social context in which art was created and then displayed in the street, the palace or the church and they consider the role of the patron and the dealer. They describe the artist's workshop, consider the role of apprentices and assistants, discuss the influence of guilds and courts and explore the reasons why new subjects and techniques were introduced and earlier traditions survived. They then supply the first full modern account of the materials and techniques of the early Renaissance artist, including the preparation of panels, the application of gold leaf, and the use of tempera and oil paint.

There follows a detailed examination of some seventy of the finest and best known paintings in the Gallery, including masterpieces by Duccio, van Eyck, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Bouts, Giovanni Bellini, Memling, Raphael and Leonardo.


'Giotto to Dürer is neither a straightforward guide book nor a conventional history of Renaissance painting, but an introduction to many of the things one needs to understand in order more fully to appreciate the art of the Renaissance, a culture alien to our own in many ways. . . . [The] most original, most interesting, most useful and most readable art book of the year….’ Laurence B. Kanter, New York Times Book Review.

'... Historical, technical, biographical, stylistic and much other information is conveyed with rare grace, intelligence and skill. This is a work that no reference or personal library concerned with European art of the fourteenth, fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries can do without, essential reading for any student of painting between 1300 and 1520....', Colin Eisler, Renaissance Quarterly.


Jill Dunkerton is Restorer at the National Gallery. She is a regular contributor to the National Gallery Technical Bulletin.

Susan Foister is Deputy Director and Curator of Early Netherlandish, German and British Paintings at the National Gallery.

Dillian Gordon was until 2010 Curator of Italian Paintings before 1460 at the National Gallery. Her publications include The Wilton Diptych (2015) and The Italian Paintings Before 1400 (2011).

Nicholas Penny was Director of the National Gallery from 2008 to 2015. His many publications include three volumes on the National Gallery’s sixteenth-century Italian paintings and Frames in the Closer Look series.

Product Code 1018198
ISBN 9780300050820
author Dunkerton, Foister, Gordon, Penny
B+W illustrations 227
colour illustrations 283
Dimensions 278 x 242 mm
format Paperback
GTIN 9780300050820
pages 408
published Jul 1991
publisher Yale
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