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Felsina Pittrice Vite De' Pittori Bolognesi Tomo Terzo Alla Maestà Di Carlo Emanuele III. Re Di Sardegna &c. &c.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



In Roma: MDCCLXIX., Nella Stamperia Di Marco Pagliarini Con Licenza De' Superiori

Physical Description

xx, 344 p., [43] pl.; 215 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

The plates carry no plate-numbers, but each carries the number of the page next to which it is to be bound.


[Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Al Lettore - Sonetto - Sonetto - [Port. of Malvasia] - Vita Del Conte Carlo Cesare Canonico Malvasia ... - [Text and plates] - Aggiunte - Indice De' Pittori Bolognesi De' quali in questo Volume si è scritta la Vita ...; Correzioni - Indice Di Alcune Cose Notabili; Imprimatur.

Responsibility Note

No illustration is signed (but each portrait carries the monogram 'LC' in its border).

The volume is dedicated by Luigi Canonico Crespi to King Carlo Emanuele III of Sardinia.

Summary Note

This is presented as a 'Tomo Terzo' because, as Luigi Crespi states in the dedication, it is intended to supplement the two-volume Felsina Pittrice by C.C. Malvasia published in 1678.

Malvasia's Felsina Pittrice had traced the course of painting at Bologna from the early Renaissance through the Carracci to the author's contemporaries, Guido Reni and Domenichino. In this continuation Luigi Crespi takes the opportunity of criticising adversely some of his own contemporary Bolognese painters and the teaching methods of the Accademia Clementina, of which he never became a member. The ensuing controversy led Crespi to publish in 1770 his Dialoghi di un amatore della verità in difesa del terzo tomo della Felsina Pittrice.

The plates are portraits of artists.


20 February 1845: 'Resolved that the following works be purchased of Mr. Molini for the Library, viz. La Felsina Pittrice ' (RA Council Minutes, X, 55). Purchased from C. F. Molini together with a copy of the 1678 edition in matching binding.

Copy Note

In Volume II the title-page and list, 'Pittori De' quali si tratta ...' have been bound in at the end of the book.

Binding Note

18th-century white vellum; gilt-decorated spine, brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Malvasia Felsina Pittrice. Tom. III.' Bound uniformly with the two-volume set of Malvasia's Felsina Pittrice of 1678.

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Painting - Italy - Emilia Romagna - Bologna - History - 18th century
Art history - Biography - Art criticism - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century