"Art and Architecture in Italy, 1600–1750" by Rudolf Wittkower

Art and Architecture in Italy, 1600–1750 Volume 1: The Early Baroque, 1600–1625 Rudolf Wittkower

The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art Series
Publication date:
11 Oct 1999
Yale University Press
132 pages: 292 x 216mm
55 b-w + 35 color illus.


This classic survey of Italian Baroque art and architecture focuses on the arts in every center between Venice and Sicily in the early, high, and late Baroque periods. The heart of the study, however, lies in the architecture and sculpture of the exhilarating years of Roman High Baroque, when Bernini, Borromini, and Cortona were all at work under a series of enlightened popes. Wittkower’s text is now accompanied by a critical introduction and substantial new bibliography. This edition will also include color illustrations for the first time.

This is the first book in the three volume survey.

Rudolf Wittkower was Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at the University of London, chairman of the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University, Kress Professor at the National Gallery, Washington, and Slade Professor at Cambridge. Jennifer Montagu was for many years the curator of the Photographic Collection at the Warburg Institute, University of London. Joseph Connors is professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University. John Pinto is Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor, department of art history and archaeology, Princeton University.

?Not only is it the first serious work in English on one of the greatest creative periods in the history of Italian art, but whole sections of it?the chapters on Borromini and the great Piedmontese architects especially?either supersede anything on them in any language or are totally new contributions to knowledge.??The Spectator

?Wittkower?s magisterial history of the Italian Renaissance, first published as a single volume in 1958 by Penguin, is here given its fourth edition, revised by Jennifer Montagu and Joseph Connors with John Pinto. It is now published in three volumes, available in both hard and soft covers.??Interior Design

?These modern and thoughtful realigned narratives succeed admirably and should, in their turn, become the standards for today?s students.??Larry Silver, Art Book

?Conners and Montagu, both leading scholars of Baroque art and architecture, have revised a classic work first published in 1958. . . . This fundamental art historical textbook remains as valid today as it was three generations ago.??Choice