Federico Barocci: Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Federico Barocci

Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy, 1st Edition

Edited by Judith W. Mann


224 pages | 30 Color Illus. | 113 B/W Illus.

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Reviewers of a recent exhibition termed Federico Barocci (ca. 1533–1612), 'the greatest artist you’ve never heard of'. One of the first original iconographers of the Counter Reformation, Barocci was a remarkably inventive religious painter and draftsman, and the first Italian artist to incorporate extensive color into his drawings. The purpose of this volume is to offer new insights into Barocci’s work and to accord this artist, the dates of whose career fall between the traditional Renaissance and Baroque periods, the critical attention he deserves. Employing a range of methodologies, the essays include new ideas on Barocci’s masterpiece, the Entombment of Christ; fresh thinking about his use of color in his drawings and innovative design methods; insights into his approach to the nude; revelations on a key early patron; a consideration of the reasons behind some of his most original iconography; an analysis of his unusual approach to the marketing of his pictures; an exploration of some little-known aspects of his early production, such as his reliance on Italian majolica and contemporary sculpture in developing his compositions; and an examination of a key Barocci document, the post mortem inventory of his studio. A translated transcription of the inventory is included as an appendix.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:

  1. Introduction: New Insights into Barocci’s Senigallia Entombment and Suggestions on his Late Workshop Practice
  2. Babette Bohn and Judith Mann

  3. From Altar to Hearth: Barocci and the Brancaleoni of Piobbico
  4. Carol Plazzotta

  5. Just what is it that makes Barocci’s painting so different, so appealing?
  6. Claudio Pizzorusso

  7. Federico Barocci and the Artistic Legacy of his Homeland
  8. Alessandra Giannotti

  9. Federico Barocci and the Corpus of High Renaissance Art
  10. Stuart Lingo

  11. "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it:" Barocci’s Design Process
  12. Babette Bohn

  13. Drawing the Virgin: Federico Barocci’s Doctrine of the Virgin Mary
  14. Judith W. Mann

  15. "God Knows When He’ll Finish": Barocci and the Art Market
  16. Richard E. Spear

  17. The Tip of the Iceberg: Barocci’s Post Mortem Inventory and the Survival of Renaissance Drawings

David Eckserdjian

About the Editor

Judith W. Mann is Curator of European Art to 1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum, USA.

About the Series

Visual Culture in Early Modernity

A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.




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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / History / Baroque & Rococo
ART / Individual Artists / General
ART / Techniques / Painting
ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Renaissance