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From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master

From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master

Various authors
2005
384 pages
347 illustrations
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In 1934 the Italian government lifted restrictions governing the gabled Barberini Collection in Rome, making it possible for two intriguing fifteenth-century paintings to be put on the international art market. Within just two years both had been sold—one to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Neither their authorship nor their subjects were certain, but their ambitious depiction of architecture no less than their discursive, anecdotal approach to narration made them unique among Early Renaissance paintings. Who was their author? What was their function? How to explain their mastery of perspective and their sophisticated architectural settings? Building on over a century of scholarship as well as completely new archival information, this catalogue proposes answers to all three questions. In doing so, it examines the art of Florence in the 1440s and the work of, among others, Fra Filippo Lippi, Domenico Veneziano, Luca della Robbia, and Michelozzo. It then turns to the introduction of Renaissance style north of the Appenines, in the region of the Marches, and to the culture of the court at Urbino in the third quarter of the fifteenth century, dominated by its ruler, Federico da Montefeltro, the humanist-architect Leon Battista Alberti, and the sublime painter Piero della Francesca.

Met Art in Publication

Head of a Man in Profile, Luca Signorelli (Luca d'Egidio di Luca di Ventura)  Italian, Black chalk, pen and brown ink, heightened with white.
1490s
Saint Bridget of Sweden Receiving the Rule of Her Order, Agostino d'Antonio di Duccio  Italian, Florence, Marble, Italian, Perugia
1459
Procession of Musicians, Francesco Allegrini  Italian, Pen and brown ink
1624–63
Standing Youth Leaning on a Long Staff (recto); Seated Man (verso), Domenico Veneziano  Italian, Brush and gray wash, highlighted with brush and white gouache, on faded blue paper (recto); faint black chalk sketch of a seated man (verso)
1440–60
Virgin and Child in a niche, Luca della Robbia  Italian, Glazed terracotta with gilt and painted details, Italian, Florence
ca. 1460
Portrait of a Woman, Giovanni di Francesco del Cervelliera  Italian, Tempera on wood
ca. 1445
Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement, Fra Filippo Lippi  Italian, Tempera on wood
ca. 1440
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels, Fra Filippo Lippi  Italian, Tempera and gold on wood, transferred from wood
ca. 1440
Saint Lawrence Enthroned with Saints and Donors, Fra Filippo Lippi  Italian, Tempera on wood, gold ground
1440s
The Birth of the Virgin, Fra Carnevale (Bartolomeo di Giovanni Corradini)  Italian, Tempera and oil on wood
1467

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Christiansen, Keith, Pinacoteca di Brera, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), eds. 2005. From Filippo Lippi to Piero Della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master. New York : Milan : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Edizioni Olivares ; Yale University Press.