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The Wrightsman Pictures

The Wrightsman Pictures

Various authors
452 pages
384 illustrations
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Part of a collection formed over the past five decades by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, the 124 paintings, drawings, and pastels in this catalogue range in date from the early sixteenth to the late nineteenth century; some remain in Mrs. Wrightsman's personal collection, while others have been given to or purchased for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among the most notable of these works are masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto, Guercino, El Greco, Rubens, Georges de la Tour, Van Dyck, Vermeer, Jacques-Louis David, and Caspar David Friedrich, as well as numerous paintings by the eighteenth-century Venetian artists Canaletto, Guardi, and the Tiepolos, father and son, plus a dozen remarkable portrait drawings by Ingres, the largest holding of the artist's drawings currently in private hands. Well-known artists are joined by those who are brought to fresh awareness through the commentary that accompanies each work.

About half of the pictures in the catalogue were acquired after the Wrightsman collection was first published in 1973. As a testament to the continuing passion and discernment of Mrs. Wrightsman, this volume celebrates the generosity of a great benefactor.

Virgin and Child with Four Angels, Gerard David  Netherlandish, Oil on wood
ca. 1510–15
Venus and Cupid, Lorenzo Lotto  Italian, Oil on canvas
Portrait of a Man in Armor with Two Pages, Paris Bordon  Italian, Oil on canvas
Portrait of an Olivetan Monk, Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi  Italian, Oil on canvas
Charles IX (1550–1574), King of France, François Clouet  French, Oil on wood
Christ Healing the Blind, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)  Greek, Oil on canvas
ca. 1570
Samson Captured by the Philistines, Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)  Italian, Oil on canvas
The Vocation of Saint Aloysius (Luigi) Gonzaga, Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)  Italian, Oil on canvas
ca. 1650
A Roman Landscape with Figures, Goffredo Wals  German, Oil on copper
probably 1630s
Landscape with Moses and the Burning Bush, Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)  Italian, Oil on copper
The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia (Cartoon for a Fresco), Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)  Italian, Charcoal highlighted with white chalk on fourteen sheets of blue laid paper, two of the sheets cut from elsewhere on the original cartoon and reset at the left and right margins to make up the oval
Charity, Guido Reni  Italian, Oil on canvas
ca. 1630
Cupid asleep, resting his right arm on his quiver and his left arm on his bow, an oval composition, after Reni, Francesco Curti  Italian, Engraving
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Pier Francesco Mola  Italian, Oil on copper
ca. 1641
The Annunciation, Luca Giordano  Italian, Oil on canvas
The Annunciation, Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio  Italian, Engraving
Piazza San Marco, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)  Italian, Oil on canvas
late 1720s
The Grand Canal above the Rialto, Francesco Guardi  Italian, Oil on canvas
late 1760s
Le Fabriche, e vedute di Venetia, Luca Carlevaris  Italian, plates: etching
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Fahy, Everett, Elizabeth E. Barker, Jayne Wrightsman, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), eds. 2005. The Wrightsman Pictures. New York : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press.