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The Piero Della Francesca Trail [Hardcover]

John Pope-Hennessy
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1 May 2005
This is the essential guide to the Piero masterpieces. For the first time, the book is illustrated by color reproductions of the paintings, and introduced by Huxley’s provocative “The Best Picture,” the essay that inspired Sir John to embark, in 1938 at age 20, on his own pilgrimage to the famed artworks.

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  • Hardcover: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; New Ed edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145130
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir John Pope-Hennessy, one of the greatest art historians of the twentieth century and perhaps its greatest authority on Italian Renaissance art, was born in 1913. He served as Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Director of the British Museum and Consultative Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Professor of Fine Arts at New York University. His many publications are now standard works of reference and include An Introduction to Italian Sculpture, Italian Gothic Sculpture, Italian Renaissance Sculpture, Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture, Cellini, many monographs and his masterwork, Donatello. Sir John died in 1995.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Piero Della Francesca 4 Sep 2010
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This a short book but full of information. The illustrations are very useful/educational and correct any mis-information one might already have. Very recommendable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Trail is worth finding 3 July 2000
By Janet Worth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This small volume (fewer than 60 pages of text) is well worth tracking down through the 'out-of- print' mechanisms. Originally a lecture, the book introduces Piero della Francesca as a "reclusive, silent, rather taciturn friend", but a friend nonetheless. Mr Henessey's rounded analysis and warm descriptions of both the painter and his paintings certainly allow the reader to establish a relationship with Piero. Depsite the author's slightly disparaging remark about "tourists in their rented Fiats" following the Piero della Francesca trail, I urge travellers (Fiat driven, armchair or others) to increase their knowledge, appreciation and sheer enjoyment of Piero by slipping this volume into their luggage or onto the bookshelf. The book is usefully illustrated.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compact delight 12 Jun 2003
By Irene Aiello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the pleasures of a small book is the ability to savour the author's writing. This volume combines Huxley's essay (which makes the startling claim that Piero's Resurrection is the best painting in the world) with Pope-Hennessy's lucid descriptions of Piero's works. The plates are wonderful and well arranged. PH's swipes at Kenneth Clark and John Mortimer would seem churlish in a larger, more ponderous volume, but are merely charmingly opinionated here. A lovely way to spend an hour or two.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Trail is worth finding 3 July 2000
By Janet Worth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This small volume (fewer than 60 pages of text) is well worth tracking down through the 'out-of- print' mechanisms. Originally a lecture, the book introduces Piero della Francesca as a "reclusive, silent, rather taciturn friend", but a friend nonetheless. Mr Henessey's rounded analysis and warm descriptions of both the painter and his paintings certainly allow the reader to establish a relationship with Piero. Depsite the author's slightly disparaging remark about "tourists in their rented Fiats" following the Piero della Francesca trail, I urge travellers (Fiat driven, armchair or others) to increase their knowledge, appreciation and sheer enjoyment of Piero by slipping this volume into their luggage or onto the bookshelf. The book is usefully illustrated.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Trail is worth finding 3 July 2000
By Janet Worth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This small volume (fewer than 60 pages of text) is well worth tracking down through the 'out-of- print' mechanisms. Originally a lecture, the book introduces Piero della Francesca as a "reclusive, silent, rather taciturn friend", but a friend nonetheless. Mr Henessey's rounded analysis and warm descriptions of both the painter and his paintings certainly allow the reader to establish a relationship with Piero. Depsite the author's slightly disparaging remark about "tourists in their rented Fiats" following the Piero della Francesca trail, I urge travellers (Fiat driven, armchair or others) to increase their knowledge, appreciation and sheer enjoyment of Piero by slipping this volume into their luggage or onto the bookshelf. The book is usefully illustrated.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those wishing to pursue della Francesca's Paintings in Italy 3 April 2013
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Excellent guide to the places and the paintings in Arezzo, Sansepolcro, and Monterchi where Piero Della Francesca was born and worked most of his career.
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