Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Admirable new book from the Getty Museum. In addition to its own exhibition catalogs the Museum publishes translations like this one of excellent, already-existing European art books. Barbara Furlotti and Guido Rebecchini wrote the original Italian work. For me, their most appealing chapter is Giulio Romano at the Court of Federico Gonzaga. In the 1520s Federico took on Raphael's pupil Giulio Romano as chief court artist, and Giulio (with many assistants) decorated Gonzaga's new-built Palazzo Te with Mannerist frescoes on every available ceiling and wall. Renaissance hedonism (but still in Classical good taste, as conceived at the time).