Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press


The early years of Gehenna Press

Baskin & Hughes

An Architect of the Page

“Of the making of books…”




Honoring James Baldwin

The Oresteia



“Of the making of books…” : Gehenna Essays in Art

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Gehenna Essays on Art was a project Baskin planned as a substantial series of art historical texts written expressly for the Press in an accessible and somewhat casual style free of scholarly jargon. Only three of the projects were fully realized, and the two displayed here are rare examples of Gehenna Press imprints that contain photographic reproductions. In Four portrait busts by Francesco Laurana, photographs by Clarence Kennedy (late professor of photography at Smith College) have been carefully improved via lamination. Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy, wife of the photographer and a professor of Renaissance art history at Smith, wrote the sensitive, engaging text on the Renaissance sculptor, Laurana.

Four portrait busts by Francesco Laurana. With an introductory biographical essay by Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy. The Gehenna Press, 1962. Clarence Kennedy, photographer.

Julius S. Held. Rembrandt and the Book of Tobit. The Gehenna Press, 1964.