The best available introduction to Raphael’s work, sumptuously re-created to appeal to a new generation of book collectors and art lovers
William E Suida
A luxurious publication of the works of Raphaello Sanzio, one of the greatest painters of the Italian High Renaissance. Raphael’s extraordinary productivity, despite a brief career that ended with his death at the age of 37, resulted in a large body of work that includes such masterpieces as The School of Athens from the Vatican ‘Raphael Rooms’, portraits, drawings, tapestry cartoons and religious paintings. This sumptuously produced volume features an updated, full-colour selection of the artist’s works made by Ludwig Goldscheider, co-founder of Phaidon Press, for the original 1941 edition. An updated essay by William E Suida is accompanied by a new introduction from Renaissance specialist Bette Talvacchia, putting Raphael and his school into a contemporary context. Elegant design, fine papers and tipped-on image plates make this a true collector’s edition.
Size: 354 x 260 mm (14 x 10 1/4 in)
Pages: 180 pp
Illustrations: 125 illustrations
William E Suida (1877–1959) was an Austrian art historian and Italian Renaissance and Baroque specialist. His bibliography includes works on Leonardo and his circle, Titian, Raphael, Bramante and other Florentine masters. Bette Talvacchia is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Connecticut and author of Phaidon’s monograph Raphael (2007).
"It wasn't until we saw these books in person that we were able to appreciate how sumptuous, smartly designed, and just plain sexy they are. Best of all are the illustrations. Each volume has 125 crisp and meticulous reproductions – the Van Gogh colors are ripe to the point of bursting." —Elle Decor
"We forget, in our image-laden era, just how recent a phenomenon art books are, with their true-colour reproductions of both old and contemporary works of art. We also forget just how essential they are, not just for the pleasure of the general public, but as a source of inspiration for artists and to encourage new generations of collectors and art historians. One key factor in this progress was the founding of Phaidon Press in 1923... Last year Phaidon embarked on a major project to produce a new series of 'Phaidon Classics'... A major decision has been to update the selection of images and the catalogue notes, but to retain the original essays, adding instead a preface by a contemporary scholar. What you get, therefore, besides a beautiful book, is a fascinating dialogue between quite different styles of address to the art-loving audience. This is an astute move." —Apollo-magazine.com