In a New Light: Giovanni Bellini's

In a New Light: Giovanni Bellini's "St. Francis in the Desert"

by Susannah Rutherglen, Charlotte Hale


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Giovanni Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert (c. 1476–78) is a masterpiece of Venetian Renaissance art that has inspired generations of visitors to The Frick Collection. This monumental panel painting portrays the beloved Christian saint alone in a mountainous wilderness, stepping forward from his simple shelter into a golden light that seems to transfigure him spiritually. For centuries, viewers have puzzled over the work’s meaning; until recently, however, the artist’s practical conception and realization of this extraordinary vision have remained largely unexplored.

In a New Light presents the collective findings of an unprecedented technical examination of St. Francis in the Desert . The recent discoveries provide a “glimpse over Bellini’s shoulder” and open new avenues of research into Venetian Renaissance painting and its cultural and religious context. A richly illustrated monograph of a single picture, In a New Light comprises essays by leading experts in the fields of paintings conservation, Venetian art, the history of collecting, and Franciscan thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907804397
Publisher: D Giles Limited
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susannah Rutherglen is a Fellow of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and former Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Frick Collection. She co-curated the exhibition In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert with Charlotte Hale and Denise Allen at the Frick in 2011.

Charlotte Hale is the Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservator; she oversaw the recent technical study of St Francis in the Desert (2010)

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