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Raphael is one of the rare artists who have never gone out of fashion. Acclaimed during his lifetime, he was imitated by contemporaries and served as a model for painters through the nineteenth century. Because of the artist’s renown, his works have continuously been subject to care, conservation, and restoration. In this book, Cathleen Hoeniger focuses on the legacy of Raphael’s art: the historical trajectory – or “afterlife” – of the paintings themselves. The appreciation of Raphael was expressed and the restoration of his works debated in contemporary treatises, which provide a backdrop for probing the fortune of his paintings. What happened to his panel-paintings and frescoes in the centuries after his death in 1520? Some were lost altogether; others were severely damaged in natural disasters; and many were affected by uncontrolled climactic conditions, by travel from one place to another, and by the not always cautious and careful hands of restorers. This book reveals the five-hundred-year story of many of Raphael’s most well-known paintings.Read more
- A new approach to one of the most famous artists of all time
- Original research, based on archival documents from restoration history
- A jargon-free writing style that should appeal to all kinds of educated readers, not just art historians or art conservators
- A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011
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"This volume fills a gap in the scholarship by exploring how the reception of Raphael can be investigated through the physical history of his painted works and in doing so shows that these eventful passages are worthy of remembering."
-Cathleen Hoeniger,Queen's University
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521196949
- length: 448 pages
- dimensions: 261 x 189 x 25 mm
- weight: 1.09kg
- contains: 53 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. An introduction to the history of restoring Raphael's paintings
2. The reception of Raphael, with a focus on the Vatican Stanze
3. The history of damage and restoration to Raphael's Stanze and the restoration of the Loggia of Psyche in 1693–5
4. The French king's Raphaels, 1750–1792
5. The English reception and restoration of Raphael's cartoons, c.1525–1800
6. Changing ownership at a time of war: the movement of seventeen paintings by Raphael during the Napoleonic era
7. Raphael's great altarpieces in Paris and Dresden, 1801–1828
8. 'Heritage preservation', the establishment of national galleries, and the restoration of Raphael in nineteenth-century Italy
9. Attention to detail in the study and preservation of Raphael's art during the nineteenth century
10. Conclusion: meticulous research, revelatory cleanings, and the rediscovery of a lost Raphael.
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