Bastian Eclercy heads the collection of pre-1800 Italian, French, and Spanish painting in the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt.
"Eclercy (head of the collection of pre-1800 Italian, French, and Spanish painting at the Stadel Museum) and other prominent scholars discuss key holdings from the Stadel Museum...The catalogue is divided into eight sections with entries and essays on Mannerism; the Medici restoration; four different versions of the Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand; the early work of Jacopo Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino; how art produced before the sack of Rome compares with later work; the impact of the paragon, or rivalry between the arts; and Vasari as court artist and art historian. Summing up: A . Highly recommended." -Choice "[This] accompanying volume to [an] exhibit ... is a work of art in itself. The abundant illustrations include copies of paintings not on display at the Stadel, thus enabling more thorough comparison with those on view. The perceptive essays in the book, edited by the noted historian, Bastian Eclercy, raise many important questions - and answers - about this controversial chapter of the Renaissance." -Art Eyewitness