The Art Of Painting: By C.A. Du Fresnoy: With Remarks: - Translated into English, with an Original Preface, containing a Parallel betwixt Painting and Poetry: By Mr. Dryden. - As also a Short Account of the most Eminent Painters, both Ancient and Modern: By R.G. Esq; - The Second Edition, Corrected, and Enlarg'd. -
RA Collection: Book
Short account of the most eminent painters
This edition is dedicated by Ri. Graham to Richard, Earl of Burlington.
J. Thuillier, 'Propositions pour Charles-Alphonse Du Fresnoy, peintre', in Rev. A. [Paris], 61 (1983), p.29-52.
J. Thuillier, 'Les Observations sur la peinture de Charles-Alphonse Du Fresnoy', in Walter Friedlaender zum 90. Geburtstag (1965), p.193-210.
Du Fresnoy's Latin poem was originally published shortly after his death in 1668. It was followed by translations into French (1668), English (prose) (1695), German (1699), Italian (1713) and Dutch (1733). Du Fresnoy opens his poem by declaring that 'As poetry shall be like a painting, so should painting be like poetry'. Beauty should be interpreted in different ways - as may be seen in such famous ancient statues as the Antinous, the Hercules, the Venus, the dying Gladiator.
Besides Du Fresnoy's Latin poem and Dryden's English prose translation the present volume includes a translation of the Remarks with which Roger de Piles accompanied his French version of the poem (1668), Richard Graham's 'Short Account Of the most Eminent Painters', and Pope's poem 'To Mr. Jervas'.
While President of the Royal Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds published extensive notes on Du Fresnoy's Art of Painting (in William Mason's new translation) (1783).
Painters - History
Treatises - Latin poetry - Biography - France - 17th century
Treatises - Translations into English - Translations from Latin - Great Britain - 17th century
Simon Gribelin, draughtsman, engraver
Roger de Piles, L'art de peinture de Charles-Alphonse Du Fresnoy, traduit en francais, avec des remarques
Barnaby Bernard Lintot, publisher
Samuel Wegg, previous owner
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, dedicatee