Italian Renaissance Drawings: Technical Examination and Analysis

Janet Ambers, Catherine Higgitt, David Saunders (eds)

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ISBN: 9781904982586
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Pages: 183
Illustrations: 94 colour

The drawings discussed in this book, published in association with the British Museum, were included in the exhibition, Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings, held at the British Museum, London and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence in 2010-2011. Technical studies of 47 of the British Museum's finest Italian Renaissance drawings are given based on non-invasive and non-contact examination and analysis. Great emphasis has been placed on how the results from such examination and analysis can be interpreted in a manner that goes beyond simply determining the materials employed by artists, to draw conclusions about their role in the Renaissance workshop and the patterns of use across fifteenth-century Italy.

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This is a truly pioneering publication which...demonstrates the richness and depth of Renaissance drawings; showing them to be every bit as multi-layered and complex as paintings of the period.
The Picture Restorer 38 (Spring 2011) 51-52

Italian Renaissance Drawings: Technical Examination and Analysis is to be recommended to drawing scholars of every stripe as a practical tool in the "mastery" of drawing. Not only does it present new information derived from the visual examination, technical imaging and instrumental analysis of drawings, but, more importantly, it introduces a methodology that already has and, one hopes, will continue to be emulated.
Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation 37 (201252-54