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Di Alberto Durero Pittore, E Geometra Chiarissimo. Della Simmetria De I Corpi Humani, Libri Quattro. Nuovamente tradotti dalla lingua Latina nella Italiana, Da M. Gio. Paolo Gallucci Salodiano. Et accresciuti del quinto libro, nel quale si tratta, con quai modi possano i Pittori, & Scoltori mostrare la diversità della natura de gli huomini, & donne, & con quali le passioni, che sentono per li diversi accidenti, che li occorrono. Hora di nuovo stampati. Opera A I Pittori, E Scoltori Non Solo utile, ma necessaria, & ad ogni altro, che di tal materia desidera acquistarsi perfetto giudicio.

Albrecht Dürer

RA Collection: Book

Record number

07/493

Author

Uniform Title

[Hierinn sind begriffen vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion., Italian., Gallucci., 1591.]

Variant Title

Della Simmetria De I Corpi Humani

Imprint

In Venetia,: MDXCI. -, Presso Domenico Nicolini.

Physical Description

[6], 143, [1] f.: illus.; 320 mm. (In sixes.)

General Note

Signatures: !6 A-L6 M7 N-P6 Q8 R-Z6. Because of the irregularities in signatures M and Q (each of which includes a double leaf) there are no folios numbered 74 or 101. Signatures M1-3 are foliated as '67-69'; [M4] as '70'; [M5] (double) is signed 'M4' and foliated as '71'; [M6] is foliated as '72'; [M7] as '73'; and there is no folio '74'. Signatures Q1-3 are foliated as '93-95'; Q4 (double) is foliated as '96' and '97'; Q5 as '98'; [Q6] as '99'; [Q7] as '100'; and [Q8] as '102' - there being no folio '101'.

Contents

[T.p., poem by Dandolo, dedic.] - Vita Di Alberto Durero - Prefatione A I Lettori Di M. Gio Paolo Gallucci - [Text and illus.] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The illustrations are not signed. The translation is dedicated by Gio. Paolo Gallucci to Maximilian, Archduke of Austria.

References

Harvard College Library Department Of Printing And Graphic Arts catalogue Of Books And Manuscripts Part II: Italian 16th Century Books, comp. R. Mortimer, vol. I (1974), no. 169, p. 242-3; H.M. Adams, Catalogue Of Books Printed On The Continent Of Europe, 1501-1600 In Cambridge Libraries, vol. 2 (1967), no. D1055, p.371. J. Selz, Albrecht Dürer: le peintre, le graveur et le théoreticien (1996); A. Dürer, The writings of Albrecht Dürer, tr. and ed. W.M. Conway (1958); E. Panofsky, 'Dürer as a theorist of art', in E. Panofsky, Albrecht Dürer, vol. I (1943), p.260-84. Studies of proportion include E. Panofsky, 'The history of the theory of human proportions as a reflection of the history of styles', in Meaning in the visual arts (1955), p.55-107; V. Mortet, 'La mesure de la figure humaine et le canon des proportions d'aprs les dessins de Villard d'Honnecourt, d'Albert Dürer et de Léonard de Vinci', in Mélanges offerts à M. Emile Chatelain (1910), p.367-71.

Summary Note

Albrecht Dürer's Hierinn sind begriffen vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion (1528) had been translated into Latin in 1532 (De symmetria partium in rectis formis humanorum corporum). In the first three books Dürer discusses methods of measuring and representing human proportion. The third book concludes with a passage on the relationship of art to God. The fourth book discusses the representation of movement and bent postures. Many of the illustrations are full-page. Most are close copies of those in the first, German edition (1528). Gallucci's additional book is not illustrated. The book also carries the printer's device on title page and colophon, a tailpiece and decorated initials.

Binding Note

16th-century white vellum; spine lettered in ink, 'Simetria · di · Alberto · Durero ·'.

Subject

People - Men - Women - Proportion
Treatises - Germany - Italy - 16th century
Translations from Latin - Translations into Italian - Italy - 16th century
Pictorial works - Woodcuts - Germany - Italy - 16th century

Contributors