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A History Of Painting In North Italy, Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Ferrara, Milan, Friuli, Brescia, From The Fourteenth To The Sixteenth Century. Drawn Up From Fresh Materials, After Recent Researches In The Archives Of Italy; And From Personal Inspection Of The Works Of Art Scattered Throughout Europe. By J.A. Crowe & G.B. Cavalcaselle, Authors Of 'History Of Painting In Italy,' 'The Early Flemish Painters.' In Two Volumes. - Vol. I. (II.) With Illustrations.

Sir Joseph Arthur Crowe

RA Collection: Book

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London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street., 1871. The Right of Translation is reserved.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 224 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xii, 603, [1] p., [29] pl. - Vol. II: [4], 630 p., [4] pl. (The plates carry no numbers but are numbered 1-33 in the Lists Of Illustrations. Each plate carries the number of the page next to which it is to be bound.)

Responsibility Note

Each plate is captioned with the name of the source artist, but none carries the name of draughtsman or engraver, apart from Vol. I. pl. p. 411, signed 'GS' bottom left, and Vol. II. pl. p.147, signed 'GS' bottom left and 'SW' bottom right.

The work is dedicated by the authors to Victoria, Crown Princess of Germany.


U. Kultermann, The history of art history (1993); D. Levi, Cavalcaselle (1988); C.J. Gibson-Wood, Studies in the theory of connoisseurship (1988); D. Sutton, 'Crowe and Cavalcaselle', in Apollo, CXXIII/282 (1985), p.11-17; J.A. Crowe, Reminiscences (1895).


The versos of the front free-endpapers are inscribed in pencil 'S: A: H:', i.e. S. A. Hart, Librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1871 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1871', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 7, p. 26).

Binding Note

19th-century blue cloth, upper and lower covers decorated in blind, upper covers with gilt borders; spines lettered 'History of Painting in North Italy. - Vol. I. (II.) Crowe & Cavalcaselle. London John Murray.'


Painting - Italy - History - 14th century - 15th century - 16th century - Renaissance
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century