When Giorgione Died is a novel by Gloria Kury, who calls the book a rebildungsroman, or a “late-life return to scenes of education and childhood.” Referencing Kury’s career as an art historian, the book’s coming-of-age story is also a rumination on the Renaissance master painter Giorgione.
The book is divided into two parts: the first contains writings on the shadowy figure known as Giorgione alongside an art-historical slide presentation. The second is a more dense tapestry of quotations, conversations, and citations. Materially, the book’s form parallels this divide with a unique and unusual binding—each section is bound individually, with its own cover, and then unified under a third, overarching cover. The typography and two layouts take cues from nineteenth-century German and French publications. The second section uses a variety of typographic approaches to reflect the disjunctive intertextuality of the novel’s simultaneous “voices.”