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Clouds, Ice, and Bounty: The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection of Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.

For more than two decades, Lee and Juliet Folger have worked closely with the National Gallery of Art to acquire exceptional seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. Clouds, Ice, and Bounty honors this remarkable group of paintings and the collaborative relationship that has brought them into the nation’s collection. To date, twenty-five works (including one British painting) have been purchased for the Gallery by the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund. The same fund also enabled the construction of the Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries. These intimate spaces, nestled among the grand galleries of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, encourage quiet contemplation of the sort of masterful, small-scale works to which the Folgers are drawn.

The Folger paintings highlight the everyday pleasures of the Low Countries in the seventeenth century, a period of relative peace, prosperity, optimism, and reflection. An array of still lifes envelops the senses with enticing foods, lush blossoms, and impossibly fragile insects. Landscapes and seascapes explore the Netherlandish lowlands and waterways, recording minute shifts in color and terrain as land and water spread out beneath towering skies. Genre scenes capture the fashion, pastimes, and personalities of the period.

All twenty-five paintings donated to the Gallery by the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund are reproduced and discussed in this book. Luxurious illustrations allow close examination of the many charming details and expansive vistas found in the Folger paintings. Catalog entries consider composition and technique as well as the broader historical context and meaning of each work. An introductory essay by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. tells the story of Lee and Juliet Folger’s connection to the Gallery and their thoughtful collecting practice. A volume as exquisite as the art it celebrates, this book contains a treasure trove of Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century painting.

172 pages | 81 illustrations | 9.25 × 10.75 inches

Coming Fall 2021

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Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya
Rena Hoisington

How can a print replicate the subtlety of ink, wash, and watercolor? Driven by increasing interest in studying, collecting, and multiplying drawings, 18th-century printmakers and collectors answered this challenge by pursuing the possibilities of the aquatint. Within a few decades, this innovative, versatile medium would spread in use across Europe, its distinctive dark tones engendering the creation of a remarkable variety of ingenious imagery.

This book provides an engaging narrative about the medium’s flourishing as a cross-cultural and cosmopolitan phenomenon that contributed to the rise of art publishing, connoisseurship, leisure travel, and drawing instruction as well as the spread of neoclassicism. Thoughtful, focused examinations of key projects and themes offer insight into the sophisticated experiments of artists including Francisco de Goya, Katharina Prestel, Paul Sandby, and Jean-Baptiste Le Prince. Written by Rena Hoisington, curator and head of old master prints at the National Gallery of Art, and generously illustrated with rare works from the National Gallery’s collection of early aquatints, this book will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience interested in printmaking and how it was harnessed toward the exchange of information and ideas in Europe during the Enlightenment.

288 pages | 150 illustrations | 8.25 × 10.25 inches

Coming Fall 2021

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Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey, Susannah Rutherglen, Deborah Howard, Catherine Whistler, Joanna Dunn, Linda Borean, Andrea Bellieni, Sara Menato,

Vittore Carpaccio is one of the most beloved painters of early Renaissance Italy, especially admired as the artist who captures the sanctity and splendor of Venice at the turn of the sixteenth century. The richness and diversity of his costumes and architecture embody the very essence of Venice five hundred years ago, a bustling, multiethnic crossroads of West and East. Carpaccio adds a taste for the poetic and fanciful in his work, creating fantastical settings enriched with contemporary detail. His large narrative canvases painted for local religious confraternities bring sacred history to life, but he was equally active in producing smaller paintings to decorate the homes of prosperous Venetians. Usually these were intended as aids to private devotion, but often, too, they were secular in subject, and showed scenes from classical mythology or everyday life. Carpaccio was a consummate draftsman, and he prepared his paintings with numerous drawings, ranging from rough preliminary sketches to beautifully refined studies. A generous selection of both paintings and drawings is presented in splendid detail in this richly illustrated volume.

With new research and insightful scholarship, curator Peter Humfrey, one of the world’s leading experts on Venetian Renaissance art, and this catalog’s seven contributing authors bring new perspectives to the work of this extraordinary artist, showing us why Vittore Carpaccio has long been celebrated as the master storyteller of Renaissance Venice.

352 pages | 300 illustrations | 9.75 × 11.5 inches

Coming Fall 2022