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Roger Fry and Italian Art

A revelatory examination of Roger Fry’s fascinating but relatively little-known writings on his first love, Italian art. Drawing on articles, lectures, and a wealth of new documentary material including letters, diaries, and notebooks, it shows how fresh and readable his writings are and how pioneering his approach remains. 

452 pages | 9 1/2 x 11

Art: Art--General Studies

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"[A] magisterial volume. . . . Roger Fry and Italian Art is both an object of beauty and an invigorating read."

Times Literary Supplement

"Massive, learned, and richly illustrated."


"A vivid picture of Fry’s intellectual world and a selection of his still-resonant writings."

Wall Street Journal

"Exceptionally handsome . . . . We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Elam for so brilliantly surveying Fry’s contribution to the study of Italian art, for rescuing all this material from virtual oblivion, and not least for commenting upon it with such authority."

Literary Review

"Bring[s] art to life through empathy and eloquence. . . . This scholarly edition of Roger Fry’s essays on Italian art captures a formative moment in the history of art history. . . . Outstanding. . . . Elam provides all of Fry’s articles with footnotes, as well as meticulously and elegantly crafted introductions. Her own introductory essays, which occupy the first third of the book, are especially remarkable. These enrich the subject by supplying historical context in such matters as Fry’s career and early formation, the Edwardian art world, his aesthetics, audiences and so on. This excellent book is one to consult regularly, not only on the subject of Fry and Italian art, but on a vital, formative moment in the history of art history."

Art Newspaper

"The depth of research and quality of the book’s production are both exceptional."

Burlington Magazine

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