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Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History
Volume 4: Series, Multiples, Replicas
Edited by Daphne Barbour and Suzanne Quillen Lomax

Volume 4 of the Gallery’s biennial conservation research journal Facture examines the complex themes of series, multiples, and replicas. With a broad historical purview that spans from the Renaissance to the 20th century, this publication considers various modes of replication—by the artist’s own hand or workshop, as a posthumous creation, or as a preferred practice—and their motivations. Drawing on new research into materials and techniques, nine essays focus on works in diverse media by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Auguste Rodin, and Robert Rauschenberg. The authors present intriguing conclusions about the nature of serialization and the relationships among multiple versions of a composition. Filled with spectacularly detailed photographs and fresh discoveries, this volume provides exceptional insight into these extraordinary works of art and offers the possibility of exciting new avenues of inquiry.

288 pages | 246 illustrations | 8 × 11 inches

Coming October 2019

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A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600–1750
Jonathan Bober, Piero Boccardo, Peter Lukehart, et al.

In the 17th century, Genoa completed its transformation from a faded maritime power of old, feuding families into the banking center of Europe.  Accumulating enormous wealth, the leading Genoese turned to cultural investment. Genoese artists and their patrons created an art of extraordinary material sumptuousness, visual splendor, and exuberant feeling—a singularly rich and beautiful expression of baroque style.

The catalog and exhibition at the National Gallery of Art—the first on Genoese baroque art in the United States—include works in painting, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings, and prints. A Superb Baroque features works by the city’s few well-known painters such as Bernardo Strozzi, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, and Alessandro Magnasco. Key works by artists drawn to Genoa’s flourishing environment—Rubens, Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Orazio Gentileschi, Van Dyck, and Francesco Solimena—are also presented. Approximately 15 sculptures provide a counterpoint to the paintings, including several full-size statues by the principal figures—Pierre Puget, Filippo Parodi, Anton Maria Maragliano—as well as terracotta sketches and smaller-scale repetitions of monumental groups. The decorative arts are represented by 15 of the finest examples, from spectacular ceremonial silver objects to lavish gilt furniture and furnishings. Some 70 choice drawings and prints, most by the same artists as the paintings and objects, are included.

336 pages | 300 illustrations | 9.25 × 12.5 inches

Coming April 2020