Contents: Preface by the directors; Curators' introduction; Map of the Veneto in the sixteenth century; Map of Venice in 1540 with commissions of the three painters; Venice in the age of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Frederick Ilchman; The role of the client: Patronage in Renaissance Venice, Patricia Fortini Brown; Contemporary testimony: Copies, inventories and the forming of a canon, Linda Borean; The materials of the artist, the alchemy of the brush, Frederick Ilchman and Robert Wald; Catalogue: The transformation of Venetian painting, Frederick Ilchman; Titian to 1540, Frederick Ilchman; The arrival of new rivals, John Marciari; Sacred themes, Frederick Ilchman and Robert Echols; Beneath the surface: technical studies Frederick Ilchman and Rhona Macbeth; Mythologies and the female nude, David Rosand; Portraiture, John Garton; Late styles, Frederick Ilchman and Robert Echols; Appendices; Checklist and provenance narratives; Bibliography; Index.
Frederick Ilchman is Assistant Curator of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Fellowships from the Fulbright program and The Metropolitan Museum of Art allowed him to conduct five years' of research in Venice on Venetian painting. He advised the Museo del Prado on their major Tintoretto exhibition (2007).
'This very beautiful book reveals ... so far little considered aspect of Venetian life in the first half of the 16th century, the rivalry between three great artists: Titian and his younger contemporaries, Tintoretto and Veronese.' ArtNewsLetter