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The lives of the modern painters, sculptors and architects / Giovan Pietro Bellori ; translated by Alice Sedgwick Wohl ; notes by Hellmut Wohl ; introduction by Tomaso Montanari.

By: Bellori, Giovanni Pietro, 1613-1696.
Contributor(s): Wohl, Hellmut.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005Edition: New translation and critical ed.Description: xii, 504 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0521781876; 9780521781879.Uniform titles: Vite de' pittori, scultori et architetti moderni. English Subject(s): Bellori, Giovanni Pietro | Le vite de' pittori, scultori et architetti moderni | Artists -- Europe -- Biography -- Early works to 1800 | Artists -- Italy -- Biography -- Early works to 1800 | Art, European -- 17th century -- Early works to 1800 | Art européen -- 16e siècle -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | Art de la Renaissance -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | Artistes -- Europe -- Biographies -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | Artistes -- Italie -- Biographies -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | Art européen -- 17e siècle -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | Art, European | Artists | Europe | Italy | Beeldende kunstenaars | Italië | Künstler | 1600-1699Genre/Form: Biography. | Early works. | Biography. | Early works to 1800.DDC classification: 709/.22 | B Other classification: 20.70
Contents:
Philostratus the Younger -- The idea of the painter, the sculptor and the architect -- Life of Annibale Carracci -- Life of Agostino Carracci -- Life of Domenico Fontana -- Life of Federico Barocci -- Life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio -- Life of Peter Paul Rubens -- Life of Anthony van Dyck -- Life of Francois Du Quesnoy -- Life of Domenico Zampieri, il Domenichino -- Life of Giovanni Lanfranco -- Life of Alessandro Algardi -- Life of Nicolas Poussin -- Life of Guido Reni -- Life of Andrea Sacchi -- Life of Carlo Maratti -- Bellori's accuracy -- Orientation in Bellori's descriptions.
Summary: "This is the first complete translation of the biographies of fifteen artists, including Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Poussin, written by the seventeenth-century antiquarian Giovan Pietro Bellori. Originally conceived as a continuation of Vasari's famous Lives, it is a fundamental source for seventeenth-century Italian art and artistic theory, providing detailed descriptions of extant and lost works of art, while casting light on the cultural politics of contemporary Rome and the relations between Rome and France. The importance of Bellori's Lives lies in the scrupulous documentation of artists, many of whom he knew personally; the author's detailed descriptions of their works; and his exposition of the classicist theory of art in the introductory lecture, the Idea. This volume contains the twelve Lives published in the original edition of 1672 and three Lives (Guido Reni, Andrea Sacchi, and Carlo Maratti) that survive in manuscript form and that were published for the first time in 1942"--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-464) and index.

Philostratus the Younger -- The idea of the painter, the sculptor and the architect -- Life of Annibale Carracci -- Life of Agostino Carracci -- Life of Domenico Fontana -- Life of Federico Barocci -- Life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio -- Life of Peter Paul Rubens -- Life of Anthony van Dyck -- Life of Francois Du Quesnoy -- Life of Domenico Zampieri, il Domenichino -- Life of Giovanni Lanfranco -- Life of Alessandro Algardi -- Life of Nicolas Poussin -- Life of Guido Reni -- Life of Andrea Sacchi -- Life of Carlo Maratti -- App. Bellori's accuracy -- App. Orientation in Bellori's descriptions.

"This is the first complete translation of the biographies of fifteen artists, including Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Poussin, written by the seventeenth-century antiquarian Giovan Pietro Bellori. Originally conceived as a continuation of Vasari's famous Lives, it is a fundamental source for seventeenth-century Italian art and artistic theory, providing detailed descriptions of extant and lost works of art, while casting light on the cultural politics of contemporary Rome and the relations between Rome and France. The importance of Bellori's Lives lies in the scrupulous documentation of artists, many of whom he knew personally; the author's detailed descriptions of their works; and his exposition of the classicist theory of art in the introductory lecture, the Idea. This volume contains the twelve Lives published in the original edition of 1672 and three Lives (Guido Reni, Andrea Sacchi, and Carlo Maratti) that survive in manuscript form and that were published for the first time in 1942"--Jacket.

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In 1976, Evelina Borea published in the original Italian Bellori's Le Vite de Pittori, Scultori e Architetti Moderni ("Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors, and Architects"), the premier Baroque response to Vasari's fundamental book of the preceding century. This new English version builds on that achievement and ideally would be used together with it. It can also stand on its own: the translation of this very important book is accompanied by a superb introduction by Montanari (Univ. of Rome), engrossing reading for all students of the Baroque. The combination of the synthetic essay and the primary source newly edited yields a work that is absolutely essential for all libraries that collect art history. Despite Bellori's having been a leading voice in 17th-century aesthetics, only the lives of Annibale and Agostino Carracci were previously been available in English (since 1968). The original edition of 1672 included 12 lives, Rubens and Poussin among them; three additional lives, including that of Carlo Maratti (1625-1713), were left in manuscript form until 1942. One sour note only: the production of the volume itself is unremarkable and cannot justify the exorbitant price tag. The original engravings serve as illustration. Summing Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. P. Emison University of New Hampshire

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