New York: Harper & Row, 1983. First US edition. Boards. Quarto, pp. 224, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Text notes, bibliography, dictionary of stuccoists and plasterers, indexes of persons and places. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Item #19863
The author traces stucco decoration from its classical beginnings to its rediscovery in the Renaissance, from its miraculous flowering in Baroque and Rococo forms to its harmonious application in the Adam style, and from its use for soaring Gothic-Revival ornament to its last flickers of vitality in Art Nouveau. The illustrations offer abundant witness to the virtuosity of the stuccoist, and to an art of surpassing richness.