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Drawn Together:   Two Albums of Renaissance Drawings by Girolamo da Capri

Edited by Gudrun Dauner, Nicolas Barker, Girolamo da Carpi, and Derick Dreher
40 color and 80 black-and-white plates. 150 pp.
Rosenbach Museum & Library. US$50.00
ISBN: 9780939084340

Girolamo da Capri is little known artist of the Italian Renaissance whose works are generally unknown beyond a fine slice of the academic art world and a few other appreciators. His work might be receiving more attention today but for overshadowing by his two towering contemporaries, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. His main biographer was another contemporary, Giorgio Vasari, who included Girolamo da Capri in his Lives of the Artists, published in 1564. Into the small amount of excellent work that does exist today about this artist is the very fine catalog from the Rosenbach Museum & Library based on their collection of drawings by Girolamo da Capri, Drawn Together: Two Albums of Renaissance Drawings by Girolamo da Capri.

The artist was born as Girolamo Sellari. He lived from about 1501 to 1556. The drawings contained in Drawn Together: Two Albums of Renaissance Drawings by Girolamo da Capri show a lifetime dedicated to the human figure. In this, he was representative of his era, for at no other time in history has art devoted so much passion to this subject. The drawings in the Rosenbach Museum collection show numerous poses of the human, both nude and partially draped, that reveal his interest in anatomy and his ability to depict it.

This bilingual (Italian and English) book includes over 40 color plates and over 80 black-and-white reproductions of the artist's work. The works in the book are organized by motif, rather than chronologically. The editors felt a thematic organization was more suitable to the subject; this reviewer agrees. This book is suitable for a general audience in the length and tenor of the descriptions of the work; at the same time, hundreds of footnotes and a well-researched bibliography will enable those whose interest moves them to a deeper study of Girolamo di Capri.

This book catalogues the exhibition entitled "Drawn Together: Two Albums of Renaissance Drawings by Girolamo Da Capri," which was held at the Rosenbach Museum & Library from September to December, 2005.

Robert G. Edelstein, for Notable Book Reviews
Notable Book Reviews received one or more copies of this book in exchange for this review.
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