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Ragionamenti Del Sig. Cavaliere Giorgio Vasari Pittore Et Architetto Aretino. Sopra le invenzioni da lui dipinte in Firenze nel Palazzo di loro Altezze Serenissime. Con lo Illustriss. & Eccellentiss. Signor Don Francesco Medici allora Principe Di Firenze. Insieme con la invenzione della Pittura da lui cominciata nella Cupola. Con due Tavole, una delle cose piu notabili, & l'altra delli huomini Illustri, che sono ritratti e nominati in quest'opera.

Giorgio Vasari

RA Collection: Book

Record number

06/1886

Author

Imprint

In Firenze.: Appresso Filippo Giunti., MDLXXXVIII. Con Licenza, e Privilegio.

Physical Description

[8], 186, [18] p.; 214 mm. (Octavo.)

Contents

[T.p., dedic., poems to G. Vasari] - [Illus.: port.] - [Text] - Tavola Delle Cose Notabili Che Nelli Presenti Ragionamenti Si Contengono - Tavola Delli Huomini Illustri Che Sono Ritratti, Et Nominati In Questa Opera; Errori Occorsi Nel Stampare - Registro; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The work is dedicated by Giorgio Vasari to Cardinal Ferdinando Medici, Granduca di Toscana.

References

P. Jacks, Vasari's Florence: artists and literati at the Medicean court ( 1998); Satkowski, L., Giorgio Vasari, architect and courtier (1993); U. Muccini and A. Cecchi,Le stanze del Principe in Palazzo Vecchio (1991); A. Muccini, Il Salone del Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio (1990); J. Kliemann, Gesta dipinte: la grande decorazione nelle dimore italiane dal quattrocento al seicento (1993); R. Starn and L. Partridge, Arts of power: three halls of state in Italy, 1300-1600 (1992); P. Tinagli Baxter, 'Rileggendo i Ragionamenti', in Convegno, 1981, p. 83-93; E. McGrath, 'Il senso nostro: the Medici allegory applied to Vasari's mythological frescoes in the Palazzo Vecchio', in Convegno, 1981, p. 117-34; E. Allegri and A. Cecchi, Palazzo Vecchio e i Medici (1980).

Summary Note

Here Vasari describes his designs for the decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, which he carried out for Cosimo Medici between 1555 and 1572. The scheme includes representations of the genealogy of the pagan gods, the story of the Medici family, especially as commissioners of works of art, and the history of Florence.

The programme provided a model of self-publicity for other rich and powerful persons.

Provenance

A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'To S.A. Hart Esq. R.A. from his friend Danl. Maclise Decr. 1. 1862' and 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy by S: A: Hart RA Librarian 1st August 1870'.

Copy Note

The title-page has been cut from another copy and pasted in.

Binding Note

18th-century calf; upper and lower covers gilt-stamped with an armorial device and the motto 'Mea Gloria Fides'; rebacked in 20th century, gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Ragioamenti De Vasari'.

Name as Subject

Subject

Palazzo Vecchio (Florence) - Mural painting and decoration - Interior decoration - Painting - Italy - Tuscany - Florence - History - 16th century
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Public relations - Italy - Tuscany - Florence - History - 16th century

Contributors

Filippo Giunti, publisher
Ferdinando I Grand Duke of Tuscany, dedicatee
Daniel Maclise RA, previous owner
Solomon Alexander Hart RA, previous owner, donor