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De' Veri Precetti Della Pittura Di M. Gio. Battista Armenino Da Faenza. - Libri Tre. Con Note Di Stefano Ticozzi Socio Onorario Dell'Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Carrara.

Giovanni Battista Armenini da Faenza

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Milano,: 1820., Dalla tipografia di Vicenzo Ferrario, contrada S. Vittore e 40 Martiri.

Physical Description

[iii]-xl, 359, [1] p.; 140 mm. (In sixes.)


[T.p.] - Prefazione Dell'Editore - Indice - Agli Studiosi Della Pittura. Proemio - [Text] - [Note on publication].


G.B. Armenini, On the true precepts of the art of painting, tr. and ed. by E.J. Olszewski (1977); L. Grassi, 'G.B. Armenino e alcuni motivi della storiografia artistica del cinquecento', in L'Arte, n.s. 18 (1948), p.40-54.

Summary Note

G.B. Armenini's treatise had first been published in 1586 (reissued in 1587). Though Armenini draws on earlier Renaissance treatises, his focus is on experience and training. It was published in a period when academies of art were being established at Rome, Bologna, Florence and elsewhere.

In the first two books the author addresses practical aspects of painting (disegno, lume, ombra, colorito, componimento); in the third, iconography and the suitability of subjects for specific sites. He ends with a description of his idea of the perfect painter.


Facsimiles of the first edition were published in 1973 (microfiche; Zug: Inter Documentation Company) and 1971 (Hildesheim and New York: G. Olms). Reprints were published in 1988 (ed. M. Gorreri: Torino, Einaudi). A typewritten index to the first edition was published in 1954.


The front pastedown is inscribed in ink, 'M Callcott'.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Della Pittura'.


Painting - Technique - Italy - History - 16th century - Renaissance
Treatises - Manuals - Italy - 16th century - 19th century


Lady Maria Callcott, previous owner
Stefano Ticozzi, commentator
Vincenzo Ferrario, printer