Visions of Paradise : Botticini's Palmieri Altarpiece (PB)
The National Gallery’s monumental Palmieri Altarpiece was made in Florence by Francesco Botticini for the funerary chapel of Matteo Palmieri (1406–1475). Palmieri was the epitome of a ‘Renaissance man’: he held high positions in government, wrote histories and poems, and ran a profitable apothecary business.
Botticini’s altarpiece depicts the Assumption of the Virgin, or, more accurately, her reception into Heaven, here represented as a celestial dome. The panoramic landscape below depicts recognisable earthly places – Florence, the district of Fiesole and a villa and farm belonging to Matteo.
Jennifer Sliwka explains Renaissance conceptions of Heaven, Hell and the cosmos, and how the altarpiece makes reference to these. She outlines its importance as an early city portrait of Florence, and why, when it was first bought by the Gallery in 1882, it was believed to be by Sandro Botticelli.
The book also includes a useful section explaining the angelic hierarchies in the painting, and identifies the many saints, apostles, and other Old Testament figures illustrated in such astonishing detail. Featuring many photographic details that would usually be difficult to see in a work of this scale, Visions of Paradise is a fascinating exploration of a complex, mysterious and beautiful painting.
|Publisher||National Gallery Company|
|Dimensions||270 x 210 mm|
UK Standard Delivery
Delivery within 10 days with Royal Mail 48. More information on delivery
Delivery within 15 days. More information on delivery
UK Express - Signed Delivery
Delivery within 5 days. More information on delivery
We hope that you will love everything you buy from us, however, if you're not completely happy with your order you can return it to us within 14 days of receipt.
Exceptions apply to made-to-order products. More information on Returns & Refunds
You might also like
Email when in stock
Please enter your email address below and we will contact you when it comes back in stock.
We will send you an email when this product arrives in stock.
- Titian: Love, Desire, Death
- - Artemisia
- - Gauguin Portraits
- - Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece
- - Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
- - Exhibition Catalogues
- - Art Exhibition Prints
- - Courtauld Impressionists
- - Mantegna and Bellini
- - Landseer’s The Monarch Of The Glen
- - Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire
- - Monet & Architecture
- - Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell
- - Monochrome: Painting in Black and White
- - Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland