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Don Antonio Palomino Velasco, Hofmahler Philipp des fünften, Leben aller Spanischen und Fremden Mahler, Bildhauer und Baumeister, welche sich in Spanien durch ihre Werke berühmt gemacht haben, ins Deutsche übersetzt und mit dem Leben des berühmten Raphael Mengs vermehrt.

Acisclo Antonio Palomino de Castro y Velasco

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Museo pictorico., German., 1781.]

Variant Title

Parnaso español


Dresden,: in der Hilscherschen Buchhandlung, 1781.

Physical Description

367, [1] p.; 160 mm. (Octavo).


[T.p.] - Dem Leser - [Text] - [Index].

Responsibility Note

The title-page vignette is signed as made by H.J. (or J.C.J?) Friedrich.


On Palomino see J.J. Gaya Nuño, Vida de Acisclo Antonio Palomino (1981); F.J. León Tello and M.M.V. Sanz Sanz, La teoria española de la pitura en el siglo XVIII: el tratado de Palomino (1979).

Summary Note

The fresco-painter Palomino de Castro y Velasco is now perhaps better known for his book, Museo pictórico y escala óptica (2 vols., 1715-24); which includes El Parnaso español pintoresco, translated here. Palomino includes anecdotes of several painters whom he knew himself, including Velázquez. The German text translates the 126 biographies of Palomino's original, and adds two more - one of Palomino, the other of Mengs. It is printed in black-letter.

There are no plates. The title-page vignette shows two putti looking at a painting on an easel; the tailpiece at the end of biography no. 127 shows an allegoric female figure in a cloud.


The front pastedown carries the armorial bookplate of 'Carolo Morse'.

Binding Note

19th-century half morocco, red cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers blind-stamped with the owner's monogram, 'CM'; spine lettered 'Leben Aller Spanischen Und Fremden Mahler A.P. Velasco', 'R.A.' and 'Dresd. 1781'.

Name as Subject


Artists - Art - Painters - Painters, Spanish - Painting - Sculptors - Architects - Spain - History - 15th century - 16th century - 17th century - 18th century
Art history - Art criticism - Biography - Anecdotes - Reference books - Translations into German - Translations from Spanish - Germany - 18th century


H. J. Friedrich, engraver
Carolo Morse, previous owner
Hilschersche Buchhandlung (Dresden), bookseller