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Titian, the Della Rovere Dynasty & His Portrait of Guidobaldo II and his Son (Hardcover)


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The surprising story of how a masterpiece of portraiture was discovered to be by Titian.

Titian’s portrait of Guidobaldo II with his son Francesco Maria represents the Duke of Urbino in his full power as supreme commander of papal troops, with his heir next to him. This rare, full-length double portrait has only recently been attributed to Titian after undergoing extensive analyses and restoration, revealing a beautiful painting in non finito or "not finished" manner, with bravura impasto passages entirely characteristic of the master, all of which is illustrated and explained in this new book. 

This volume provides the first comprehensive examination of the painting’s provenance, outlining the portrait’s vicissitudes and reception at different moments in its near five-hundred-year history, reexamining its past ownership and presenting new documentary evidence to expand on and fill gaps in our knowledge of its whereabouts. The authors reflect on the technique, date, recent conservation, and authorship of the painting, proving it to be a masterpiece that only the great Titian could have created.

About the Author

Anne-Marie Eze is director of scholarly and public programs and interim curator of the Philip Hofer Collection of Printing and Graphic Arts at Harvard University’s Houghton Library. 

Matthew Hayes is a paintings conservator in New York, where he directs the Pietro Edwards Society for Art Conservation.

Ian Kennedy is an independent scholar living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Ian Verstegen is a theorist and historian of modern and early modern art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781913645090
ISBN-10: 1913645096
Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing
Publication Date: November 4th, 2021
Pages: 96