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  1. Raw painting : the Butcher's shop by Annibale Carracci

    Dickerson, C. D., III (Claude Douglas)
    Fort Worth, Tex. : Kimbell Art Museum ; New Haven, Conn. : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2010.

    Born in Bologna, Annibale Carracci (1564-1609) was one of the most revolutionary artists of the late Renaissance. Even before turning twenty, he rebelled against convention by investing his art with a sense of naturalism uncommon to paintings of the period. His early painting The Butcher's Shop, a cherished work in the Kimbell Art Museum's collection, marks the beginning of Carracci's artistic journey and remains one of his most powerfully naturalistic works. This fascinating study explores the origins and significance of The Butcher's Shop, placing it within the artist's own career as well as the broader context of Italian painting. Detailing the uniqueness and vitality of Carracci's style, C. D. Dickerson emphasizes the remarkable plein-air quality of the painting and explains how Carracci may have achieved this utterly novel effect, though in fact executing the work indoors in his studio. He also sets Carracci's work in the tradition of butcher's shop paintings in Renaissance Italy, analyzes the painting in relation to the reality of the occupation at the time, and investigates where in Bologna such a butcher's shop might have stood.

  2. Bernini : sculpting in clay

    Dickerson, C. D., III (Claude Douglas)
    New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : distributed by Yale University Press, c2012.

    The brilliantly expressive clay models created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) as "sketches" for his works in marble offer extraordinary insights into his creative imagination. Although long admired, the terracotta models have never been the subject of detailed examination. This publication presents a wealth of new discoveries (including evidence of the artist's fingerprints imprinted on the clay), resolving lingering issues of attribution while giving readers a vivid sense of how the artist and his assistants fulfilled a steady stream of monumental commissions. Essays describe Bernini's education as a modeler; his approach to preparatory drawings; his use of assistants; and the response to his models by 17th-century collectors. Extensive research by conservators and art historians explores the different types of models created in Bernini's workshop. Richly illustrated, Bernini transforms our understanding of the sculptor and his distinctive and fascinating working methods.

  3. Canova : sketching in clay

    Dickerson, C. D., III (Claude Douglas)
    Washington : National Gallery of Art ; [Chicago, Illinois] : The Art Institute of Chicago, [2023] New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press

    The most celebrated sculptor of the neoclassical age, Antonio Canova (1757?1822) established himself as the preeminent artist of his time with his funerary monuments and meticulously carved marbles on classical themes. Although his idealized and sensual sculptures are widely known, this is the first book devoted entirely to the brilliantly expressive clay models that he made in preparation for his marble sculptures. Only sixty-five of his terracotta models survive today. Extraordinarily modern in their boldness, the models retain the touch of the artist?s hand and yield a revelatory glimpse into Canova?s imaginative and technical process.00The authors, with expertise in art history and conservation, examine Canova?s techniques for making terracotta models, including how he used clay to develop full-scale models that his assistants copied in marble, and his practice of gifting his models to friends.0 0Exhibition: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA (11.06. - 09.10.2023) / Art Institute of Chicago, USA (19.11.2023 - 18.03.2024)

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