The Renaissance Cartoons of the Accademia Albertina


One of the most important collections in the world of preparatory drawings from the 16th century

This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2021.

ISBN: 9788857244754 Category:


This book presents the 16th century cartoons of Gaudenzio Ferrari and his school, a valuable collection that arrived at the Pinacoteca dell’Accademia Albertina in Turin in 1832, as a donation from King Charles Albert of Savoy. It consists of a collection of fifty-nine preparatory drawings, some quite large, which mainly relate to important paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari, Bernadino Lanino, Gerolamo Giovenone and Giuseppe Giovenone the Younger. This is a unique collection of cartoons that has remained preserved for centuries despite its fragility, and that enables us to enter the workshops of the 16th century to find out about art education in the Renaissance, before the arrival of the modern Academies of Fine Arts.

The book includes a historical essay by Giovanni Testori and previously unpublished essays by Andreina Griseri and Simone Baiocco, and offers the reader a feast of beauty, with large photographs of all 59 drawings, printed in high resolution for the first time.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 31 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 28 December 2021
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24 x 31 cm
Weight 300 g


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Gaudenzio Ferrari (Valduggia, Vercelli, 1475/80 - Milan 1546) was a remarkable artist from the early 16th century. Among the Pinacoteca cartoons are the Pietà, a preparatory study of the famous oil painting now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, and Saints Paul and Agabus and The Adoration of the Holy Infant, both relating to the polyptych from the Basilica di San Gaudenzio in Novara.