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DRAWING FROM HISTORY The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania

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DRAWING FROM HISTORY The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania

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Limited, 1000! Our Highest Recommendation. By Lucinda Gosling. Art by Fortunino Matania. Foreword by James Gurney. This is the ultimate art book featuring one of the most talented and respected illustrators of the 20th century, but still little known outside a small group of fans. Enjoy his meticulously accurate historical drawings and paintings of antiquity, the Roman era, British history and English Kings and Queens, his book illustrations for Kipling stories, Edgar Rice Burroughs, When Worlds Collide and a major selection of his historic World War One illustrations. Tasteful nudity.

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This is the ultimate art book featuring one of the most talented and respected illustrators of the 20th century, but still little known outside a small group of fans. Enjoy his meticulously accurate historical drawings and paintings of antiquity, the Roman era, British history and English Kings and Queens, his book illustrations for Kipling stories, Edgar Rice Burroughs, When Worlds Collide and a major selection of his historic World War One illustrations. Tasteful nudity.

Plus many more paintings and drawings from his prolific output. This giant volume includes examples of his detailed and breathtaking art covering his whole career, with OVER 750 ILLUSTRATIONS, many taken directly from the original art.

His work inspired many contemporary artists: Annigoni and Russell Flint both visited his studio, and many comic strip artists collected his work including Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, Frank Frazetta, John Bolton, Bernie Wrightson as well as film directors such as Cecil B. DeMille and Alfred Hitchcock. And myself--as I mention in my review of the special Mantania article in Illustrator's Quarterly #3, I was fortunate enough to discover Mantania's artwork many years ago before prices escalated, and I now own an  extensive collection of his artwork.

He is an unsung master, not only for his incredible talent, his superb custumes and historical accuracy, his ability to depict all eras of history and battles and fascinating events...but also for his women and the abundant nudes he was able to incorporate into his work (Great Britain is far more liberal than the U.S. in allowing nudity in their illustrated publications). Much of his work was actually done in pencil, with white highlights, with a level of detail that you will not believe.

The British Royal family purchased his originals and John Singer Sargent admired and purchased one of his paintings at the Royal Academy. He was made a Chevalier of the Crown of Italy and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and Royal Institute of Art.

Lucinda Gosling, noted authority on Matania, provides a fascinating biographical introduction to his life and work, and world renowned illustrator James Gurney supplies the foreword. Over 10 years in the making, imported from England.

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Item Code DRFMH
Publisher Book Palace
Publish Date 2016
ISBN 9781907081309
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 10x13
# Pages 340pg
Color Partial Color
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