Titian's Pietro Aretino (Frick Diptych)

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Designed to foster critical engagement and interest the specialist and non-specialist alike, each book in the Frick Diptych series illuminates a single work in the Frick's rich collection with an essay by a Frick curator paired with a contribution from a contemporary artist or writer. An essay by Xavier F. Salomon, Frick Curator, paired with a contribution by author Francine Prose bring to life one of Titian's most personal and revealing portraits. Author of lives of saints, scurrilous verses, comedies, tragedies, and innumerable letters, Pietro Aretino (1492 1556) attained considerable wealth and influence, in part through literary flattery and blackmail. Little is known of his early years, but by 1527 he had settled permanently in Venice. Among Aretino's friends and patrons were some of the most prominent figures of his time, several of whom gave him gold chains such as the one he wears in this portrait. He was on intimate terms with Titian, who painted at least three portraits of him. Here the artist conveys his friend's intellectual power through the keen, forceful head and his worldliness through the solid, weighty mass of the richly robed figure. AUTHORS: Francine Prose is an award-winning author and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Xavier F. Salomon is Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, NY. 25 colour illustrations

Product Details

Price
£19.95
Publisher
D Giles Ltd
Publish Date
Language
English
Type
Hardback
EAN/UPC
9781911282716

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