Cloth $24.00 ISBN: 9781789141504 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only
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Raphael and the Antique

Claudia La Malfa

Raphael and the Antique

Claudia La Malfa

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288 pages | 66 color plates, 5 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $24.00 ISBN: 9781789141504 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $22.50 ISBN: 9781789141795 Published February 2020

The Renaissance artist Raphael is known for his extraordinary frescoes, his sublime Madonnas, devotional altarpieces, architectural designs, and his inventive designs for prints and tapestries. It was his use of ancient Roman art—the sculptures, the marble reliefs, the wall-paintings, and the stuccoes—and architecture—the temples, the palaces, and the theaters—as well as the churches and mosaics of early-Christian Rome, that formed his much-admired classical style.

In Raphael and the Antique, Claudia La Malfa gives a full account of Raphael’s prodigious career, from central Italy when he was seventeen years old, to Perugia, Siena, and Florence, where he first met with Leonardo and Michelangelo, to Rome where he became one of the most feted artists of the Renaissance. This book brings to light Raphael’s reinvention of classical models, his draftsmanship, and his concept of art—ideas he pursued and was still striving to perfect at the time of his death in 1520 at the young age of thirty-seven.

Review Quotes
Salvatore Settis, chair of the Conseil Scientifique, Musée du Louvre, Paris
“Raphael’s revolutionary kinship with the antique is unprecedented in its depth and intensity. In her well-researched, clarifying work, La Malfa offers a highly balanced appraisal of his thorough study of Roman monuments, as well as of his astonishing artistic intuition and experimental brilliance.”
Charles Hope, Warburg Institute
“For centuries artists and the wider public viewed ancient art through the eyes of Raphael. La Malfa has provided a well-informed, accessible, and original account of his engagement with that art, skillfully integrated in a wider discussion of his career and achievements.”
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