The Italian Paintings Before 1400

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DILLIAN GORDON was until 2010 Curator of Italian Paintings before 1460 at the National Gallery, London. Her publications include Making and Meaning: The Wilton Diptych (1993) and The Fifteenth Century Italian Paintings: Volume I (2011), in the present series of new National Gallery Catalogues; and as co-author, Art in the Making: Italian Painting before 1400 (1989), Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery (1991), and Pisanello (2001). She was appointed OBE in 2011 for services to early Italian painting.

The National Gallery houses one of the most important collections of early Italian paintings outside Italy, including works by Cimabue, Duccio, Ugolino di Nerio, Giotto, Bernardo Daddi and the Cioni brothers. Since these were last catalogued in 1988 there have been four exceptional new acquisitions: the thirteenth-century diptych now attributed to the Master of the Borgo Crucifix, The Virgin and Child by Cimabue, The Virgin and Child by the Clarisse Master and The Coronation of the Virgin by Bernardo Daddi.

In 1989, following the systematic programme of examination jointly carried out by the National Gallery’s curators, conservators and scientists, the National Gallery published Art in the Making: Italian Painting before 1400 which is acknowledged as a key source for information about the methods and materials of painting of this period. For the present volume, all but two works have been reexamined in the conservation studios, and this has revealed, through infrared reflectography, the significance of underdrawings in early Italian paintings, together with other new information regarding technique.

In reviewing and in some cases reattributing the works catalogued here, the author takes account of the considerable body of new research published over the last twenty years, including that on paintings and fragments of paintings in other collections which are related to panels in the National Gallery.

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Product Code 1018437
ISBN 9781857094824
author Dillian Gordon
colour illustrations 500 approx
format Hardback
pages 568
published June 2011
publisher National Gallery Company
words 250,000
Dimensions 285 mm X 216 mm

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