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Histoire De La Vie Et Des Ouvrages De Michel-Ange Bonarroti, Ornée D'Un Portrait. Par M. Quatremere De Quincy, De L'Institut Royal De France (Académie Des Inscriptions Et Belles-Lettres), Secrétaire Perpétuel De L'Académie Royale Des Beaux-Arts.

Antoine-Chrysostome Quatremère de Quincy

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Paris,: Chez Firmin Didot Frères, Libraires, Imprimeurs De L'Institut De France, Rue Jacob, No 24., M DCCC XXXV.

Physical Description

xvii, [iii], 385, [1] p., frontis. (port.), [2] pl. (fold.); 242 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

The plates carry no plate-numbers, but one carries the number of the page next to which it is to be bound ('page 18').


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Préface - [Text, with 2 pl.] - table; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as drawn by Bouchet and Vernet and engraved by J. Bein and Ollivier. The first plate is captioned as by Michel-Ange and signed as lithographed by Lemercier; the second is captioned as a facsimile of Michelangelo's writing.

Firmin Didot Frères are named in the colophon as the printers.

Summary Note

The half-title reads, 'Histoire De Michel-Ange Et De Ses Ouvrages.'

This was one of a series of biographies which Quatremère de Quincy wrote in the hope of providing models of classicism which might stimulate the interest of contemporary artists.

The plates are captioned and show: (frontis.) 'Michel-Ange Bonarroti'; [1] (page 18) 'Main improvisée à la plume, par Michel-Ange'; [2] 'fac-Simile De L'Écriture De Michel-Ange'.

Binding Note

20th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Vie De Michel Ange Bonarroti Quatremer De Quincy', 'R.A.' and 'Paris 1835'.

Name as Subject


Sculptors - Painters - Architects - Artists - Art - Arts - Italy - History - 16th century - Renaissance - Mannerism
Biography - Art history - France - 19th century


Michelangelo Buonarroti, source artist
Firmin Didot Frères (Paris), printer, publisher, bookseller
Imprimerie Lemercier et Compagnie (Paris), lithographic printer