" This is a Kessinger reprint of the third edition (1910) of Bernhard Berenson's first volume, first published in 1894, of his celebrated "Italian Painters of the Renaissance". Because it is a directly scanned reprint of the original, this edition comes with very wide margins. It includes Berenson's note to the third and second editions and his original preface. Unfortunately, it contains only one plate, Giorgione's "Shepherd with Pipe" (which subsequent analysis has shown may not be by this Venetian painter).
As for the content of the essay, Berenson's reference to the third person plural indicates a guiding style, so that it is as if he is taking us by the hand towards the subjects he wishes to discuss. It is not a catalogue of descriptions, neither is it a mere catalogue of artist biographies, rather it is - or was - a fresh take on the subject, focussing lightly on the context (social, political, economic) in which the painters worked, as well as the developments in form and technique that the Renaissance introduced. Berenson wrote that his "endeavour has been to explain some of the attractions of the (Venetian school), and particularly to show its close dependence upon the thought and feeling of the Renaissance."
The coverage is from Bellini all the way up to Guardi. But in such a short work - and Berenson concedes in his second sentence that his account is brief - this endeavour can only be superficial, for example the sixteenth century is almost wholly neglected. With only an average of eight words per line, it is more like an extended essay and can be comfortably read in an hour or so. The actual text comprises only pages 1-78; pages 79-150 comprise an index to the works of the principle Venetian painters, whilst the remaining pages 151-168 form an index of places where the paintings could then (in 1894/1910) be found. "
Book in very good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Some minor bumping to the corners of the cover, otherwise very good. Printed in 2007.