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Giovan Pietro Bellori: The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects
A New Translation and Critical Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521139540
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  • This is the first complete translation of the biographies of fifteen artists, including Annibale Carracci, Carvaggio, 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.

    • First translation to include the original 12 Lives from the 1672 edition and the subsequent 3 Lives discovered in manuscript form and published in 1942
    • Fundamental source for seventeenth-century Italian art, theory, and biography, written by someone who was there
    • Detailed descriptions of extant and lost works of art
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The translation of this very important book is accompanied by a superb introduction by Montanari, 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.' Choice

    'Giovan Pietro Bellori's language has found its match in Wohl's translation… We shall all learn from reading this intelligent and skilful translation.' Burlington Magazine

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    29th Oct 2019 by Letallec68

    Indispensable pour l’histoire de l’art des temps modernes usage étudiants en histoire

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521139540
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 276 x 215 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the illustrations
    1. Dedication
    2. To the reader
    3. Philostratus the Younger
    4. The idea of the painter, the sculptor and the architect
    5. Life of Annibale Carracci
    6. Life of Agostino Carracci
    7. Life of Domenico Fontana
    8. Life of Federico Barocci
    9. Life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
    10. Life of Peter Paul Rubens
    11. Life of Anthony van Dyck
    12. Life of Francois Du Quesnoy
    13. Life of Domenico Zampieri, il Domenichino
    14. Life of Giovanni Lanfranco
    15. Life of Alessandro Algardi
    16. Life of Nicolas Poussin
    17. Life of Guido Reni
    18. Life of Andrea Sacchi
    19. Life of Carlo Maratti.

  • Editors

    Hellmut Wohl
    Alice Sedgwick Wohl is an independent scholar and translator. She has translated Antonio Condivi, Life of Michelangelo.

    Tommaso Montanari
    Tomaso Montanari is Professore associato di Storia dell'arte moderna at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata. He is the author of numerous publications on aspects of Italian Baroque art.

    Editor and Translator

    Alice Wohl
    Hellmut Wohl is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Boston University. He is the author of The Paintings of Domenico Veneziano and The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art.

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