Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral
This remarkable and beautiful new volume examines twenty-three major artworks that were produced to decorate Sta. Maria del Fiore in Florence, better known to visitors as the Duomo, or cathedral, in the first decades of the 1400s. These include nine works alone by Donatello, considered one of the greatest and most influential Italian sculptors, including his masterpiece Lo Zuccone, and The Evangelist John which inpsired Michelangelo. There are also detailed discussions of the gilded bronze doors Ghiberti made for the neighboring Florence Baptistery. The volume includes images of the recently cleaned panels from his second set of doors, known as the Gates of Paradise, as well as photographs of his first doors that highlight the remarkable results of an ongoing restoration campaign. â With four chapters by leading scholars, and a catalogue presenting over 50 superb colour plates of the artworks, beautifully photographed by leading art photographer Antonio Quattrone, this volume explains how these masterpieces had a profound impact on the art of the Italian Renaissance. This is a major new scholarly survey, and will become a seminal text on the artistic imagination, creativity and skill of the Florentine Renaissance.
Timothy Verdon is Director of the Museo dell Opera del Duomo and Professor of Art History at the Stanford University Florence Center. He is Canon of Florence Cathedral and Director of the Office for Church Heritage of the Archdiocese of Florence. His publications include "Francesco d Assis negli Affreschi di Giotto," and the three-volume "La cattedrale e la citta: saggi sul Duomo di Firenze. Atti del VII centenario del Duomo di Firenze," for which he was co-editor. Daniel M. Zolli is a doctoral candidate in Harvard s History of Art and Architecture Department, where he is completing a dissertation on Donatello s workshops. Amy R. Bloch is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). She has published essays on Ghiberti, Donatello, and the decoration of the Florence baptistery, and her book on Ghiberti s Gates of Paradise is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Marco Ciatti is Superintendent of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, an institution of the Italian Ministry of Culture and world leader in the field of art restoration. He is also director of the Opificio s Conservation Laboratory for Easel Paintings and Textiles and teaches history and theory of conservation. Stefano Nicastri is an architect and art historian who has collaborated for many years with the Italian Ministry of Culture s Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione in the areas of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture."
Sponsor Statement Foreword by Richard P. Townsend, Director, Museum of Biblical Art, New York Foreword by Franco Lucchesi, President, Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore Florence Cathedral: Renaissance Sculpture, Sacred Scripture by Timothy Verdon "...with immense diligence and discipline": Lorenzo Ghiberti's North Doors and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure's Conservation and Restoration Project by Marco Ciatti Lorenzo Ghiberti, From the Early Workshop to the Gates of Paradise by Amy Bloch Donatello's Visions: The Sculptor at Florence Cathedral by Daniel Zolli The Catalogue The New Museo dell'Opera del Duomo by Timothy Verdon Bibliography Board Members and Staff Acknowledgments Index