The Life and Art of Luca Signorelli Tom Henry

Publication date:
15 May 2012
Yale University Press
472 pages: 292 x 248mm
100 color + 200 b-w illus.
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Definitive in its scholarship and thrilling in its scope, this lavishly illustrated volume offers the first book-length study of Luca Signorelli (1450-1523), sometimes described as the "least-known major artist" of the Renaissance. Twenty years of painstaking archival research have produced this portrait of Signorelli in public and private life - an adventurous painter who believed art was divinely inspired, and an affectionate family man who participated energetically in public life.

In his paintings - of which the Last Judgement in Orvieto cathedral is his undisputed masterpiece - Signorelli integrated his observations of daily life with a fresh and sensitive approach to representing religious subjects. A student of Piero della Franscesca, Signorelli's work and influence carried over into the early 16th century, though he was ultimately eclipsed by his friends Raphael and Michelangelo.

Signorelli's work is represented in museums around the world, and this book now offers new audiences and scholars a complete picture of one of the Renaissance's most significant and intriguing artists.

Tom Henry is an independent scholar. Until 2006 he was a reader in the history of Italian Renaissance art, Oxford Brookes University.

'In its scope, size and scholarly quality, and also in the illustrations, [Tom Henry’s] book, which is based on sustained research, is superior to all previous monographs on the artist and will certainly be the standard work of reference.' Charles Hope, London Review of Books

'This account of a briefly great painter will be for decades the authoritative text.' Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

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