By John Pope-Hennessy
The 1st quantity of the excellent catalogue of the Robert Lehman assortment within the Metropolitan Museum of paintings is justifiably dedicated to Early Italian work, that have been rather with reference to Robert Lehman's center. In 1975, the Metropolitan Museum opened the Lehman Wing to deal with this marvelous assortment, which have been transferred to the Museum via the Robert Lehman Foundation.
It is mainly acceptable that the celebrated paintings historian Sir John Pope-Hennessy is the writer of this quantity. a professional within the box of Italian work, he discusses in nice aspect the 112 works offered right here; they're from many towns and areas of Italy—Siena, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice, Umbria, Lombardy, Emilia, and the Marches, between others—and span six centuries.
The earliest portray during this quantity is an Umbrian paintings, a panel that after shaped a part of a thirteenth-century altarpiece. Twenty work come from fourteenth-century Siena, between them Madonnas through the grasp of Monte Oliveto, Simone Martini, and Ugolino da Siena. 13 Florentine work are from an identical century. Bernardo Daddi and his workshop and fans are represented, in addition to Jacopo di Cione, Spinello Aretino, and others.
From fifteenth-century Siena comes an incomparable team of twenty-seven work; 11 are via Giovanni di Paolo, together with his recognized production of the area and the Expulsion from Paradise, and 7 are by way of Sano di Pietro. From Florence come works through Lorenzo Monaco, Bicci di Lorenzo, Cosimo Rosselli, and different artists. The Annunciation through Botticelli is likely one of the jewels of the Lehman Collection.
The Venetian work contain famous photos via Jacometto and a celebrated Madonna and baby through Giovanni Bellini. Forty-five works are reproduced in colour, the remaining in duotone; moreover, there are ninety-seven comparative illustrations.
Sir John Pope-Hennessy served as Consultative Chairman of the dep. of eu work on the Metropolitan Museum from 1977 to 1986. informed at Oxford, he was once for seven years director of the Victoria and Albert Museum and for 3 director of the British Museum. His books comprise Giovanni di Paolo, Sassetta, Fra Angelico, Luca della Robbia, a three-volume advent to Italian Sculpture, and Benvenuto Cellini.