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The Robert Lehman Collection, Vol. 6: Italian by James Byam and Knox, George Shaw

By James Byam and Knox, George Shaw

This quantity surveys an incomparable workforce of 18th-century Italian drawings, noticeable in 241 duotone illustrations and provided through of the best students within the box. lots of the drawings are Venetian, together with significant works through Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and his son Domenico Tiepolo. This publication is a part of a chain of fantastically produced and illustrated volumes interpreting extensive the Robert Lehman assortment on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork.

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