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Sargent and Spain
Sarah Cash, Elaine Kilmurray, and Richard Ormond
With contributions by Javier Barón, Nancy G. Heller, Chloe Sharpe, and Catherine Southwick

American artist John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) experienced Spain, including the picturesque island of Majorca, as a source of rejuvenation and inspiration. Sargent and Spain features scores of the artist’s dazzling watercolors, oil paintings, and drawings, from landscapes and seascapes to architectural studies, scenes of everyday life, and sympathetic portraits of the Roma and other local people he encountered. Immersing himself in the country’s rich culture, he studied Spanish masters old and new, lavishing particular attention on works by Diego Velázquez in the Prado. He rendered the distinctive architecture of the Alhambra as well as other palaces and churches, and he captured lively scenes of ports and villages. Intrigued by Spanish dance and music, Sargent created dynamic views of flamenco and the famous dancer La Carmencita. A map and an illustrated chronology document the artist’s seven trips to and travels through Spain. This handsome book showcases, for the first time, Sargent’s captivation with Spain and the remarkable works of art now associated with it.

256 pages | 230 illustrations | 9.5 x 11.5 inches

Available Fall 2022

 
Image: Book cover of "Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice"

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