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L'Idea De' Pittori, Scultori Ed Architetti Del Cavalier Federigo Zuccaro Divisa In Due Libri

Federico Zuccari

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Roma: MDCCLXVIII., Nella Stamperia Di Marco Pagliarini Con Licenza de' Superiori.

Physical Description

[iv], 167, [1] p.; 208 mm. (Quarto).


[T.p.] - Indice De' Capitoli - [Dedic.] - [Text].

Responsibility Note

The dedication (1607) is from Federico Zuccaro to Carlo Emanuel Duca Di Savoia.


M. Barasch, 'Zuccari: the theory of disegno', in Theories of art: from Plato to Winckelmann (1985); E. Panofsky, 'Zuccari: the Aristotelian-Thomistic trend', in Idea: a concept in art theory (1968).

Summary Note

This work was originally published in 1607 (Turin: A. Disserolio).

It was based on Zuccari's lectures as principe of the Accademia di San Luca, Rome. Referring to theories of art from Aristotle to Lomazzo, Zuccari expounds his metaphysic of art, including the belief that the artist's original disegno was formed in his mind by God.


Zuccari's Scritti d'arte, edited by D. Heikamp, were republished in 1961 (Florence: L.S. Olschki).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 1990, black morocco spine-label lettered 'L'Idea De' Pittori'.


Art - Theory
Treatises - Italy - 16th century - 17th century - Mannerism