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Il Riposo Di Raffaello Borghini.

Raffaele Borghini

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Firenze.: MDCCXXX., Per Michele Nestenus e Francesco Moücke. - Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

xxiv, 558, [2] p., frontis.: illus.; 230 mm. (Quarto.)


[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione - [Poems] - Approvazioni - [Text] - Tavola De' Nomi de' Pittori e degli Scultori, ed altre persone, che nell'Opera si leggono - Indice Delle Cose Notabili; [colophon] - Correzioni, E Giunta Alle Note.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as designed and drawn by Maurus Soderini and engraved by Cosmus Mogalli.

The title-page vignette and the head- and tail-pieces are signed as designed and/or drawn by L. del Moro, Giuseppe Rossi or Mauro Soderini and engraved by C. Gregori or Teodoro Wer Cruijsse.

Nestenus and Moucke are also named in the colophon as the printers.

The edition is dedicated by Antommaria Biscioni to Francesco Maria Niccolò Gabburri.


C. Avery, Giambologna (1987); M. Bury, 'Bernardo Vecchietti', in I Tatti Stud., 1 (1985), p.13-56; M. Rossi, 'Leonardo filosofo, Lomazzo e Borghini', in Fra Rinascimento Manierismo e realtà (1984), p.53-78; S. Platt, Villa Il Riposo: the concept and the reality (1968); A. Blunt, Artistic theory in Italy 1450-1600 (1940).

Summary Note

The work was first published in 1584. It takes the form of a dialogue on painting and sculpture at Bernardo Vecchietti's villa 'Il Riposo', between Vecchietti, Baccio Valori, Girolamo Michelozzi and Ridolfo Sirigatti. The theoretic argument of the first two books is dependent on Vasari; but the third and fourth books provide information on Giambologna and other contemporaries of the author.

The frontispiece shows an allegory of the figures of Architecture, Sculpture and Painting under the protection of Minerva. The book is further decorated with a title-page vignette, headpieces and tailpieces.

Several of Giambologna's models bought by Vecchietti were acquired by William Locke of Norbury Park in the late eighteenth century.


A facsimile of the first edition, annotated by M. Rosci, was published in 1967 (2 v.; Milan).

Binding Note

18th-century white vellum; red and black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Borghini Il Riposo. - Fir. 1730.' and 'Testo Di Lingua'.

Name as Subject


Sculpture - Painting - Theory
Collections - Italy - Tuscany - Florence - Villa Il Riposo - 16th century
Treatises - Dialogues - Art history - Art criticism - Italy - 16th century - 18th century


Michael Nestenus, publisher, printer
Francesco Moücke, publisher, printer
Mauro Soderini, draughtsman
Cosimo Mogalli, engraver
Lorenzo del Moro, draughtsman
Giuseppe Ignazio Rossi, draughtsman
Carlo Bart. Gregori, engraver
Theodor Verkruis, engraver
Francesco Maria Niccolò Gabburri, dedicatee
Antommaria Biscioni