The Cerruti Collection Catalogue


The Cerruti Collection. General catalogue

The Cerruti Collection. General catalogue, edited by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of the Castello di Rivoli and of the Cerruti Foundation, is published by Umberto Allemandi Editore and offers a complete and thorough analisi of the private collection of Francesco Federico Cerruti (1922-2015). The publication, consisting of over 1,200 pages divided into two volumes, covers almost 1000 items from the late Middle Ages to the Contemporary and is the result of a research project that involved 89 Italian and international scholars including Carlo Falciani, Flavio Fergonzi, Ester Coen, Vivian Endicott Barnett, Marie Kakinuma, Veronica Peselmann and Andrea de Marchi.
The first volume opens with a visual essay, which allows the reader to take a journey through the rooms and the gardens of Villa Cerruti. Introductory essays are by authors such as Emily Braun, Salvatore Settis and Miriam Foot and are distributed according to themes: The Art collection; Manuscripts, Books and bindings; Furnishings, carpets and decorative arts; The House-museum. Archival documents are researched while the material life and techniques of the paintings are explained. The restoration of the Rivoli Villa is investigated, trying to build a bridge between the figure of the reclusive collector and the building which he decided not to live in but rather transform into a secret home for his works. The Catalog opens in an unexpected way and in homage to Cerruti’s profession in book-binding, with manuscripts, books and rare bindings. The first volume closes with extended captions on Painting, sculpture and works on paper from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. The second volume continues with Painting, sculpture and works on paper from the twentieth century, as well as detailed captions on furniture, carpets, other textile works and decorative arts. Finally, the End Matter includes a biography of Cerruti that traces his history as an entrepreneur and outlines his profile as one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century, who built a collection with exquisite works by artists including Agnolo Gaddi, Dosso Dossi, Jacopo Carucci called Pontormo, Giorgio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Umberto Boccioni and Giacomo Balla.




Dimensions 24 x 33.5 cm
Hardback binding with dust jacket in slipcase
Pages 1.232
Illustrations 1100 c.
Italian and English edition
ISBN 9788842224846
Price € 350.00

Available February 28th 2022