Originally formed by Prince Federico Cesi in the early seventeenth century and later acquired by Cassiano, these drawings constitute the first truly scientific study of fossilized woods and are executed with such finesse, skill and detail that they will be of immense interest both to art-historians and to historians of science. The drawings, the majority of which have remained unstudied and unpublished until now, include specimens of wood and animal fossils, ammonites and concretions, pyrites and baked clays, as well as a series of field drawings giving the sites where these specimens were found. The introductory essays discuss the background to Cesi's project, together with the importance of the drawings to the history of seventeenth-century culture and science.
About the Author :
David Freedberg has contributed to Fossil Woods and Other Geological Specimens as an author.
HILLIARD T. GOLDFARB, Gardner's Chief Curator of Collections, focuses on the works of Titian, discussing the stylistic and emblematic means by which Titian asserted the power of his clients and his own stature as the "painter to princes." DAVID FREEDBERG, Professor of Art History at Columbia University, examines Rubens's profound emulation of and debt to Titian during his later career and its political context. MANUELA B. MENA marques, Curator of Spanish Paintings of the Eighteenth Century and Goya at the Prado Museum, describes Spanish patronage and the influence of both artists in Spain.
|Title:||Fossil Woods and Other Geological Specimens||Publisher:||David Brown|
|Author:||David Freedberg, D Freedberg, A C Scott|
|No. of Pages:||424|
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