Phaidon, 1971. Hardcover, quarto, 269 pp, 331 monochrome illustrations + 24 colour plates.
DW very good ++ with the exception of slight age toning to pages and previous owner in neat sticker on title page. There is also a small closed tear to reverse of DW which doesnt affect the front
Red boards with white titles. Condition Fine
The work of Giorgione has an important place in Venetian art at the beginning of the sixeenth century; his personality, together with that of Giovanni Bellini, is indeed central to its development. This is confirmed in the historical sources, and most especially by Vasari, who contrasts the 'crude, dry and forced' style of Bellini (judged, of course, from the point of view of his own taste) with the 'modern style' whose introduction he attributes to Giorgione along with Leonardo, Raphael, Correggio and Michelangelo. Nevertheless, in spite of the great success and fame that accompanied Giorgione's short life, there is very little in the way of documents and reliable sources from which a biography that goes into any more detail than the very sketchy account that tradition has passed on. The majority of his paintings too have disappeared, so that the establishment of a catalogue of works has proved difficult and controversial.