Timeless Wonder: Painting on Stone in Rome Between the Cinquecento and Seicento (Hardcover)

Timeless Wonder: Painting on Stone in Rome Between the Cinquecento and Seicento By Francesca Cappelletti (Editor), Patrizia Cavazzini (Editor) Cover Image
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- Over 60 works from Italian and foreign museums and important private collections richly illustrated

- Rarely seen artworks

During the 16th and 17th century, the discussion on the durability of artworks had become part of the debate on comparison of the arts, opposing the merits of sculpture to those of painting. The sculptors used colored marbles and painters paint on stone (slate, lapis lazuli, paesina stone, etc.), while metals and precious woods contribute to the creation of extraordinary objects, such as small altars, cabinets, and clocks, with complex architectural shapes and adorned with sculptures, reliefs and paintings. Painting on stone was particularly popular in Rome: the technique, developed by Sebastiano del Piombo, was used to paint large altarpieces but also for smaller works, avidly collected by contemporary patrons, among whom Scipione Borghese stands out. The painting exploited the natural features of the stones for backgrounds, buildings, skies and the result were amazing objects appreciated for their preciousness.

About the Author

Francesca Cappelletti is the director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome and Professor of Modern Art History at the University of Ferrara. Patrizia Cavazzini is an art historian, research fellow at the British School at Rome, an advisor to the American Academy in Rome and a member of the Borghese Gallery's scientific committee.

Product Details
ISBN: 9788833672045
ISBN-10: 8833672042
Publisher: Officina Libraria
Publication Date: March 29th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English