Nathaniel Silver

  •  Fra Angelico transformed painting in Florence with his pioneering images.
    Reuniting for the fi rst time his four ingenious reliquaries for Santa Maria Novella, this publication explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting.
    Accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, this catalogue explores one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. Fra Angelico (c. 1395-1455) transformed painting in Florence with pioneering images, rethinking popular compositions and investing traditional Christian subjects with new meaning.
    His altarpieces and frescoes set new standards for quality and ingenuity, contributing to Angelico's unparalleled fame on the Italian peninsula. With the intellect of a Dominican theologian, the technical facility of Florence's fi nest craftsmen and the business acumen of its shrewdest merchants, he shaped the future of painting in Italy and beyond.
    The exhibition reunites for the fi rst time Fra Angelico's four reliquaries for Santa Maria Novella (1424-34; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museo di San Marco, Florence). Together they cover key episodes in the life of the Virgin Mary and capture in miniature some of his most important compositional innovations. Assembled at the Gardner with exceptional examples of Angelico's narrative paintings from collections in Europe and the United States, this exhibition explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting in Florence.

  • Accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (14 February - 19 May 2019), this catalogue explores the work of legendary Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (about 1444-1510). Today the alluring and enigmatic Primavera forms the cornerstone of his modern fame, but its familiarity belies distant origins in the heady intellectual environment of Laurentian Florence and the residences of its moneyed elite. Part of a genre called spalliera, so named for their installation around shoulder (spalla) height, this type of painting introduced beautiful, strange, and disturbing images into lavish Florentine homes. With staggering originality, Botticelli reinvented ancient subjects for the domestic interior, paneling patrician bedrooms with moralizing tales and offering erudite instruction to their influential inhabitants.
    At the center of this exhibition is a spalliera reunited, the Gardner's Tragedy of Lucretia and its companion The Tragedy of Virginia (Accademia Carrara, Bergamo). Together with extraordinary loans of the same genre from European and American public collections, Heroines and Heroes explores Botticelli's revolutionary approach to antiquity - from ancient Roman to early Christian - and offers a new perspective on his late career masterpieces.
    Catalogue essays address Botticelli's spalliera (Nathaniel Silver), their violence (Scott Nethersole), his textual sources (Elsa Filosa), and rediscovery in Gilded Age Boston (Patricia Lee Rubin). Entries include new insights for each work and up-to-date bibliographies, while a special section features archival materials devoted to Gardner's pioneering acquisition of the first Botticelli in America.

  • Qualifié de « grand poète » par l'auteur américain Henry James, Titian reste l'un des peintres les plus célèbres de l'art occidental. Depuis sa mort en 1576, sa réputation est restée intacte. Pendant l'Age Doré de l'Amérique, les tableaux de Titian atteignirent une valeur inégalable pour les plus grands collectionneurs et notamment aux yeux d'Isabella Stewart Gardner. En 1896, elle acquit son chef d'oeuvre, The Rape of Europa. Il devint l'unique exemple de son cycle de poésie renommé hors Europe, inspirant une galerie entière dans son musée récemment construit et contribuant au tollé de l'Angleterre au sujet de la perte de ses trésors d'art. Etant le premier dédié à Europa, ce livre raconte l'histoire de la peinture a l'époque de Gardner et de Titian et nous offre de rares aperçus des techniques de virtuose de l'artiste.

  • Published in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, this engrossing publication accompanies an exhibition the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Raphael and the Pope's Librarian brings together for the first time one of the most fascinating works in the museum's collection - the Gardner Museum's portrait of papal librarian Tommaso Inghirami - and a painting from the Vatican Museums depicting an episode in this life. This book tells the story of the first Raphael in America and explores Inghirami's fascinating career.

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