Eyewitness Views : Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe
'Significantly, [this] scholarly catalog, by Getty curator Peter Björn Kerber, restores much of the meaning that was lost as these works passed from generation to generation. . . . While anyone can appreciate these paintings aesthetically, viewers . . . require the catalog to understand their layered meanings and slant' - Wall Street Journal
A handsome book of view paintings by artists including Canaletto and Panini
Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto, Luca Caravarijs, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Francesco Guardi, Hubert Robert-these renowned view painters are perhaps best known for their expansive canvases depicting the ruins of Rome or the canals of Venice. Many of their most splendid paintings, however, feature important contemporary events. Little explored by scholars, they stand out by virtue of their extraordinary artistic quality, vibrant atmosphere, and historical interest.
Imbued with a sense of occasion, even drama, and often commissioned by or for rulers, princes, and ambassadors as records of significant events in which they participated, these occasions motivated some of the greatest artists of the era to produce their most exceptional work. Lavishly illustrated and exhaustively researched, this volume, the companion book to an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, provides the first-ever comprehensive study in any language of this type of view painting. In examining these paintings alongside the historical events depicted in them, Peter Bjorn Kerber carefully reconstructs the meaning and context these paintings possessed for the artists who produced them and the patrons who commissioned them, as well as for their contemporary viewers.
This vital book represents a major contribution to the field of view painting studies and will be an essential resource to scholars and enthusiasts.
- Author: Peter Björn Kerber, Assistant Curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum
- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Date published: April 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1606065259
- Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 26.2 cm