Brussels: G. van Oest & Co, 1912.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Two folio volumes in original brown paper-covered boards with vellum spines and corners. Two hundred thirty four plates in all (134 in Volume II and 100 in Volume II), many folding, with descriptive text. Spines are unevenly soiled, some peeling/chipping to spine of Volume II, which also has about a one-inch split at the head. Internals are very clean, bindings sound, with hinges intact. These volumes are quite large and heavy; additional shipping charges will be requested for prioity and international orders. Jacopo Bellini was an influential painter who introduced the Florentine Renaissance style to Venice. Britannica: "More important than his paintings are his two books of drawings (c. 1450). The Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London each own one of these sketchbooks. The drawings depict a great variety of scenes, and artists used them as models for compositions well into the 16th century. In such drawings as the “Nativity,” the “Flagellation,” and “St. John the Baptist Preaching,” Jacopo experimented with linear perspective and was among the first to make figures diminish in space using rules of perspective formerly applied only to depictions of architecture. The “Crucifixion” (British Museum, London) is among Jacopo’s boldest compositional experiments. Possibly for the first time in art, the three crosses are viewed at an angle instead of frontally, and the soldiers’ backs are turned to the viewer, lending a spontaneity and immediacy rare in Italian art of the time. Jacopo’s great influence upon Venetian art was heightened through the work of his sons, Gentile and Giovanni, and his son-in-law, Andrea Mantegna, all of whom were prominent painters in the vicinity of Venice."