Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1970. Second printing. Slipcased. All Volumes: Navy blue cloth/boards; gilt lettering on spine. Gilt Celtic decoration on front cover with gilt lettering. Vol. I: xiv, 367 pp. with no illus. Vol. II: xii, 388 pp. with no illus. Vol. III: 1003 bw illus. (unpaginated). No dust jackets (as issued). All housed in a board slipcase covered in beige paper with black line drawings. A heavy set at nearly 12 pounds; may require extra postage. VG+/VG (light rubbing to corners, edges & spine ends; crinkling to spine ends. bookplates to front pastedowns. slipcase scuffed & smudged; rubbing to corners & panels). Item #159575
A sharp, bright set; appears lightly handled.Originally published in 1938, and significantly revised and enlarged by the author in several subsequent editions, the 1970 publication by University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, consists of three volumes. Some of the Florentine artists covered in the three volumes are: da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albertinelli, Angelico, Gozzoli, Uccello, Verrocchio, Filippo, Botticelli, Lippi, Garbo, Carli, di Cosimo, Bartolommeo, Falconi, Cungi, del Sarto, Pontormo, Rosso, Manfredi, Rosselli, and Artetino. The first volume, Text (xiv, 367 pp; 12 chapters, 15 appendices), consists of Berenson's description and analysis -- using his own critical method and assumptions -- of the work of the artists. His unique and controversial method grouped paintings according to how he considered the artist handled critical aspects, such as surface texture (labeled "tactile imagination" by Berenson) or the weight and volume of any painted figures. Volume 2, Catalogue (xii, 388 pp.), is an illustrated presentation of works by the Italian painters. Volume 3, Illustrations (400+pp., 1109 plate figures and index), includes illustrated plates of the artists' work, first published by John Murray, and in a limited edition by E. P. Dutton, in 1903. While Berenson published other works, in his lifetime, Drawings of Florentine Painters is considered his masterpiece.