Cosmè Tura: The Life and Art of a Painter in Estense Ferrara

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Clarendon Press, 2000 - Art - 268 pages
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Cosme Tura was among the most striking and inventive painters of the Italian Renaissance. This first monograph with catalogue to appear for forty years discusses Tura's place in quattrocento painting, and examines his critical fortunes over the centuries. The painter is placed in a broad artistic context, including a consideration of the artist's relationship to painting from the Veneto, local manuscript illuminations, and Ferrarese poetry of the time. A large part of the text is devotedto placing his art in the historical and cultural context of Estense Ferrara, where he worked for more than three decades. Here, for the first time, one will find transcriptions of all the documents that relate to Tura's varied and active career as an artist, especially those that record his work as court painter for the Estensi. A catalogue raisonne provides detailed information on Tura's known works, and there is commentary and bibliography on other attributions. The book, which includes illustrations of all of Tura's works, will constitute essential reading for anyone interested in Italian Renaissance painting.

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Tura and Estense Ferrara
Turas Origins and his Place in Quattrocento Painting
The Works Sacred and Secular

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Joseph Manca, Professor of Art History, Rice University.

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