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Le Vite De' Pittori, Scultori, Ed Architetti Moderni, Co' Loro Ritratti Al Naturale Scritte Da Gio: Pietro Bellori In questa Seconda Edizione accresciute colla Vita, e Ritratto del Cavaliere D. Luca Giordano, E Dedicate All' Illustriss. Signore, E Padrone Colendissimo Il Signor D. Giuseppe Stendardo Regio Architetto.

Giovanni Pietro Bellori

RA Collection: Book

Record number

03/2882

Author

Variant Title

Idea del pittore ... superiore alla Natura

Imprint

In Roma,: Per il Successore al Mascardi, A spese di Francesco Ricciardo, e Giuseppe Buono., MDCCXXVIII. Con Licenza de' Superiori.

Physical Description

394, [2] p., frontis., [14] pl.; 245 mm. (Quarto).

Contents

[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Lettore - L'Idea Del Pittore, Dello Scultore, E Dell'Architetto Scelta dalle bellezze naturali superiore alla Natura Discorso Di Gio: Pietro Bellori - [Text, with pl.] - La Pittura; La Scoltura; L'Architettura [3 poems] - Tavola Delle Vite descritte in questo Libro - Imprimatur.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and all but four plates are signed as engraved by F. de Grada.

The book is dedicated by the publisher, Francesco Ricciardo, to Giuseppe Stendardo.

References

Art history in the age of Bellori, ed. J. Bell (2002); E. Panofsky, tr. J.J.S. Peake, Idea: a concept in art theory (1968).

Summary Note

This work was first published in 1672 (without the biography of Giordano).

It consists of Bellori's essay on 'L'Idea del Pittore ... superiore alla Natura' and thirteen biographies - of one architect (Domenico Fontana), two sculptors (Francesco di Quesnoy Fiammingo, Alessandro Algardi) and ten painters (Annibale Carracci, Agostino Caracci, Federico Barocci, Michelangelo Merigi Da Caravaggio, Pietro Paolo Rubens, Antonio Vandyck, Domenico Zampieri, Giovanni Lanfranco, Nicolò Pussino, Luca Giordano).

The biography of Poussin includes the 'Osservazioni di Nicolò Pussino sopra la Pittura. Dell'esempio de' buoni Maestri'.

The plates are portraits - accompanying each biography, except that D. Fontana's portrait is incorporated in the frontispiece. Besides the portraits and the frontispiece, there are two plates of the Belvedere Antinous / Hermes.

Provenance

Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, brown cloth-covered boards; black morocco spine-label lettered 'Bellori - Vite De' Pittori', spine lettered 'R. A.' and '1728'.

Name as Subject

Subject

Artists - Painters - Portraits - History - 16th century - 17th century
Art - Painting - Theory - 17th century
Biography - Art history - Art criticism - Reference books - 17th century
Pictorial works - 18th century

Contributors