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Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe

Yale Univ. Feb. 2018. 144p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300232868. $50. FINE ARTS
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This catalog accompanies the first monographic exhibition devoted to Estonian artist Michel Sittow (1469–1525). Far less well known today than some of his contemporaries such as Holbein the Younger and Dürer, to whom his work was once attributed, Sittow's reputation and renown benefit from recent research that confirm works created for such patrons as Spain's Isabella of Castile. Like El Greco from Greece, Sittow moved away from his birthplace of Tallinn, Estonia, yet never lost his connection to it. Previous in-depth studies from decades ago, in German and French, by Paul Johanson and Jazepo Trizna, are updated in this volume by curators Hand (National Gallery of Art) and Koppel (Art Museum of Estonia), published to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the Republic of Estonia. The title fulfills its purpose to increase both general and scholarly knowledge of his work by releasing most of his 13 attributed paintings alongside works by his contemporaries.
VERDICT With readable essays and beautiful artwork, this volume offers important information for those interested in a lesser-known Renaissance artist.

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