The Leadership of Giorgione

The Leadership of Giorgione

The Leadership of Giorgione

The Leadership of Giorgione

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Any book which aims to investigate a period of art history, even if its span was only a decade in one city, and which attempts to appraise the achievement of a great painter, even if scant records of his work remain, is bound to be a review of much that was written before. My debt to the scholars and critics who have preceded me in the study of Qiorgione can only be suggested in the references and quotations of my text, footnotes and bibliography.I wish however to make special acknowledgment to Bernhard Berenson, Dean of the connoisseurs of the Italian Renaissance, who read an early manuscript I sent him and urged me to develop my theme. With Frank Jewett Mather, Jr., I have had constructive and stimulating conversations.His Giorgione differs from mine and his conception has been challenging. I wish to thank Will Hutchins and C. Law Watkins for translations from Italian and German authors and for never-failing encouragement.My book is honored and enriched by the commentary so kindly written for it at my request by the distinguished writer H. G. Dwight, now Assistant Director of the Frick Collection.The able and untiring cooperation of my associate Elmira Bier has helped me immeasurably with the index and with important details in the development of my project at every stage of its growth.I have been very fortunate in the sponsorship of the American Federation of Arts which undertook the publication and in the skilled and scholarly book designing of Harry Roberts.

To no one do I owe so much as to my wife Marjorie Phillips, a lyrical painter of today.Her inspiring comradeship in travel and her ever needed counsel and partnership in art have made the prolonged quest for a rare genius and a unique personality of long ago a profoundly delightful experience.

Acknowledgments are also due to Lord Duveen and to Colin Agnew.They supplied me with photographs and enabled me to see Venetian paintings in private collections.The American Magazine of Art has given me permission to reprint in a revised form an article which appeared in its pages.It is my hope that this volume, one of the first written in English for the general reader on Giorgione's art, will help clarify his mind and genius in a necessary comparison with the mind and genius of his follower Titian and to explain the mystery of his immortal fame based on so very few personally finished and definitely documented works.

D. P

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