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Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena

John J. Marciari and Suzanne Boorsch
Contributions by Jamie Gabbarelli and Alexa A. Greist

Marciari writes with particular verve, making it easy for a non-specialist not only to follow along, but to enjoy being led. —Tyler Green, MAN’s Best Books of 2013, Modern Art Notes (blog)

The handsome catalogue not only illuminates the works exhibited, but serves as an accessible monograph on the artist, illustrating most, if not all, of Vanni’s altarpieces in colour. —Robert B. Simon, The Burlington Magazine

…an excellent catalogue. —Tyler Green, The Modern Art Notes Podcast

I’m sorry not to have gone to the exhibition, but this well-written and well-illustrated book is some compensation. —Michael Savage, Grumpy Art Historian (blog)

This volume is the next best thing to being able to get to New Haven to see what is evidently a superb display… . It also surreptitiously manages to be a full-dress treatment of Vanni’s career, something that otherwise does not exist. —David Ekserdjian, “A Choice of Art Books,” The Spectator

…a welcome addition to the sparse literature on Sienese Counter-Reformatory art. —A. L. Palmer, CHOICE

Francesco Vanni (1563/64–1610) was the most important artist in Siena at the turn of the 17th century. His works combine dazzling technical virtuosity and brilliant coloring with the naturalistic approach employed by his more famous contemporaries Annibale Carracci and Caravaggio. He painted altarpieces for every significant church in Siena, as well as for Saint Peter’s and other churches in Rome.

Beautifully illustrated and featuring new research, Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena is the definitive resource on the artist. John Marciari investigates Vanni’s career, including his connections with patrons and his adaptation of traditional subject matter to serve the Counter-Reformation. Suzanne Boorsch explores Vanni’s engagement with printmakers and the dissemination of his compositions through prints. The catalogue examines more than 80 paintings, drawings, and prints, including the Madonna della Pappa, one of Vanni’s masterpieces, acquired by the Yale University Art Gallery in 2003.

256 pages / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 194 color and 13 black-and-white illustrations / Copublished with Yale University Press / 2013
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-300-13548-0
    Item# 241
    Price $65; Members $52

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