New York: Garland Publishing, 1977.
Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket. Item #14328
Library stamps/marks/labels/pocket/slip, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover.; "The present study consists of four parts. The first concerns the artist's contract in the larger framework of other commercial contracts because many of the forms, phrases and legal stipulations are common to them all. In addition, the role of the notary in Italy is considered, since this in part determines the difference between Italian contracts and their northern counterparts. Secondly, a closer analysis is made of the actual components of an artist's contract, based on a comparative examination of some fifty contracts in order that the typical stipulations and formalities may be clearly recognized as well as the exceptional ones. A third chapter is devoted to the progress of the commission as reflected in extant records and documents, for only by comparing the initial stipulations with their gradual execution does one gain a picture of the nature of contractual obligations as they operated in actual practice. This becomes particularly interesting when there is no progress, but dealy, litigation, and arbitration. Last of all, one of the major puzzles of art history is reconsidered in the light of contract procedure. Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Rocks is stipulated in one short sentence in the last of three extant contracts with which the Milanese Confraternity of the Conception commissioned, first, the decoration of its chapel, then the construction of its wooden ancona, and lastly the gilding, polychromy, and painting of that ancona. The litigation documents cover many more pages, some of them heretofore never fully transcribed. A careful consideration of the initial stipulation and the "progress" of the commission suggests some answers to unresolved problems, including that of the nature and purpose of the second version of the Madonna of the Rocks." - Introduction. ; Outstanding Dissertations In The Fine Arts; Ex-Library; 417, XLIX pl pages.