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A.G. Rizzoli : architect of magnificent visions

Author: Jo Farb Hernandez; Achilles G Rizzoli; John Beardsley; Roger Cardinal; San Diego Museum of Art.
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ; San Diego : San Diego Museum of Art, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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He has been compared to Blake, Piranesi, and Escher, and his imaginative architectural drawings have been described as "the find of the century." Outwardly, he was a recluse who had few companions except for his mother and children in the neighborhood; inwardly, he was the creator of fantastic renderings, including an attempt late in life to transcribe a third testament of the Bible. He is A.G. Rizzoli (1896-1981),
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Genre/Form: Biography
Exhibition catalogues
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hernandez, Jo Farb.
A.G. Rizzoli.
New York : Harry N. Abrams ; San Diego : San Diego Museum of Art, 1997
(OCoLC)605218293
Named Person: Achilles G Rizzoli; Achilles G Rizzoli
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Farb Hernandez; Achilles G Rizzoli; John Beardsley; Roger Cardinal; San Diego Museum of Art.
ISBN: 0810942933 9780810942936 0937108200 9780937108208
OCLC Number: 35397857
Description: 136 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: Foreword / Steven L. Brezzo --
Introduction: Amplifying Achilles / Bonnie Grossman --
Divine design delights: the life and works of A.G. Rizzoli / Jo Farb Hernandez --
The joy zone (a bit of heavenly architecture) / John Beardsley --
Achilles Rizzoli, draftsman and scribe / Roger Cardinal --
Chronology / Jo Farb Hernandez --
A.G. Rizzoli's self-referential titles --
Catalogue of the exhibition.
Other Titles: Architect of magnificent visions
Responsibility: by Jo Farb Hernandez, John Beardsley, and Roger Cardinal.

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He has been compared to Blake, Piranesi, and Escher, and his imaginative architectural drawings have been described as "the find of the century." Outwardly, he was a recluse who had few companions except for his mother and children in the neighborhood; inwardly, he was the creator of fantastic renderings, including an attempt late in life to transcribe a third testament of the Bible. He is A.G. Rizzoli (1896-1981), visionary artist extraordinaire.

The discovery of Rizzoli's Beaux Arts-style drawings in San Francisco came in 1990, when they were brought to the attention of a keen-eyed dealer. Since that time, Rizzoli has acquired a fame that would astonish this shy, conflicted man. Essays about Rizzoli's life, analyses of his work and writings, and sources of his inspiration are presented in this first-ever survey by scholars John Beardsley, Roger Cardinal, and Jo Farb Hernandez.

A.G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions brings together for the first time a dazzling array of works. In addition the book includes a chronology, glossary of terms (for the artist was an acrobatic linguist), and list of pseudonyms and self-referential titles. Today Rizzoli is regarded as one of the most astonishing visionary or outsider artists, with an avid following from California to New York.

This book will accompany a major traveling exhibition in the U.S., organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.

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