Luigi Valadier (1726–1785) was the preeminent eighteenth-century Roman silversmith, a maker of both objects in gilt bronze, marble, and hard stone and of exquisite table centerpieces. These surtouts, as they were called, were produced for popes, royalty, and aristocrats in Rome—as well as in France, England, Spain, and Portugal—and were considered the height of luxury in the eighteenth century. This first complete monograph on Valadier, the only comprehensive publication on him in English, highlights works produced by the Valadier workshop with comparative objects, designs, and transcripts.
Lavishly illustrated, it is the essential resource for an understanding of the artist and his production.
Luigi Valadier is authored by Alvar González-Palacios, curator of the exhibition Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome (The Frick Collection, October 31, 2018–January 20, 2019) and the foremost expert on the artist. González-Palacios’s vivid account, including a trove of archival documents he has unearthed, represents the culmination of a lifetime of research on the artist and his family.
“Luigi Valadier is a magnificent volume . . . an eloquent picture of Valadier’s range and virtuosity.”
—Simon Swynfen Jervis, The Art Newspaper, August 12, 2019
Authors: Alvar González Palacios, with an introduction by Xavier F. Salomon
Publisher: The Frick Collection in association with D Giles Limited
Hardcover, 9 x 12 in., 560 pages, 468 color illustrations