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This is the first-ever scholarly publication devoted to the art of Francesco de Mura (1696–1782), one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age of Naples.

De Mura's refined and elegant compositions, with their exquisite light and coloring, heralded the rococo, and his later style was a precursor of Neo-Classicism. His ceiling frescoes at Monte Cassino, destoyed in World War II, rivalled those of his celebrated Venetian contemporary, Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770). Yet today, he lacks his proper place in the history of art. This volume demonstrates why it is now time to reevaluate this once-celebrated artist.

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ISBN-13: 9781907804854
Publisher: D Giles Limited
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Arthur Blumenthal is Director Emeritus of the Cornell, Nicola Spinosa is the Former Superintendent of the National Museums in Naples and a foremost expert on the art of De Mura.

Table of Contents

Honorary High Patron, His Excellency, Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

Dedication of the Exhibition

Sponsors of the Exhibition

Lenders to the Exhibition

Director’s Foreward by Ena Heller


Map of Naples, c.1750

Introduction by Arthur R. Blumenthal

The Life of Francesco de Mura by David Nolta

Chronology of Francesco de Mura by Arthur R. Blumenthal

Francesco de Mura & 18th-Century Neapolitan Painting: Between Classicism & Rococo by Nicola Spinosa

Something—But Not the Same Thing—in the Air: De Mura, Tiepolo, & the Science of the Heavens by David Nolta

Francesco de Mura’s Gift to Pio Monte della Misericordia & Its Rediscovery in the U.S. by Loredana Gazzara

From Naples into the World: The Dispersal of Francesco de Mura’s Works by Maria Grazia Leonetti Rodinò

CATALOGUE of the EXHIBITION by Arthur R. Blumenthal


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