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Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia].
The Art of Fresco Painting, as practiced by the Old Italian and Spanish Masters, with a Preliminary Inquiry into the nature of the Colours Used in Fresco Painting, with observations and notes.

London 'published for the author by Charles Gilpin': 1846.

An influential and important study, commissioned by the British government, which translated and analyzed instructional texts on the painting of frescos from Antiquity to the 17th century, with an eye toward the promotion of an English school of fresco painters. A year earlier Mrs. Merrifield had completed her famous translation of Cennino Cennini's "Libro dell' arte", and as important as her works were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, "the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents" (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). Historical documents are all well and good, but Mrs. Merrifield was aiming higher- "I firmly believe," she wrote in her Introduction, "that fresco painting will be extensively and successfully practiced in this country, by our own native artists, and will ultimately attain a perfection, equal to that for which the Italian schools were so justly celebrated".

Hardcover. 6"x9", lvi + 134 pages publisher's brown cloth with blindstamped patterns, gilt spine title an exceptionally fresh and nice copy.

Inventory #: 9463
Price: $ 300.00      

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