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Art History in the Age of Bellori
Scholarship and Cultural Politics in Seventeenth-Century Rome

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Janis Bell, Giovanna Perini, Louis Marchesano, Tomaso Montanari, Ingo Herklotz, Eugene Dwyer, Hetty E. Joyce, Claire Pace, Martina Hansmann, Anthony Colantuono, Thomas Willette
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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2008
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782487

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  • Giovan Pietro Bellori was one of the most important intellectuals of seventeenth-century Italy. Best known today for his art criticism and biographies of artists he knew personally, such as Nicholas Poussin, in his own day he was renowned for his expertise in coins, gems, and ancient painting. This collection of essays presents new findings about Bellori's multifarious activities as well as fresh interpretations of his ideas. A frank, unbiased reevaluation of its subject, Art History in the Age of Bellori contributes to a more nuanced understanding of Bellori's place in seventeenth-century letters and politics, art criticism, and antiquarian studies.

    • Offers first book-length account of Bellori's life and writings in English
    • Identifies Bellori's role as dean of seventeenth-century classicism
    • Considers the articulation of classical aesthetics as a cultural ideal an entire century prior to Winckelmann
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    '… the contributors of this volume are to be congratulated for shedding light on that shadowy side of Bellori's career … This is a valuable research source … there is no disputing the fact that this is an extremely welcome collection of essays that one hopes will attract more scholars and interested persons to a field that is, frankly, shamefully disregarded in this country - seventeenth-century art history.' The Art Book

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782487
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 182 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.093kg
    • contains: 106 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2008
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Janis Bell
    1. Belloriana methodus: a scholar's Bildungsgeschichte in seventeenth-century Rome Giovanna Perini
    2. Antiquarian modes and methods: Bellori and Filippo Buonaroti the Younger Louis Marchesano
    3. Bellori and Christina of Sweden Tomaso Montanari
    4. Bellori, Raffele Fabretti, and Trajan's Column Ingo Herklotz
    5. Bellori as iconographer: the Veterum illustrium imagines Eugene Dwyer
    6. From darkness to light: Annibale Carracci, Bellori, and ancient painting Hetty E. Joyce
    7. Judicious imitation: the allegorical engravings in Bellori's lives Claire Pace and Janis Bell
    8. Con modo nuovo li descrive: Bellori's method of describing Martina Hansmann
    9. Scherzo: hidden meaning, genre, and generic criticism in Bellori's Lives Anthony Colantuono
    10. Bellori's analysis of colore in Domenichinos' Last Communion of St. Jerome Janis Bell
    11. The second edition of Bellori's Lives: placing Luca Giordano in the canon of moderns Thomas Willette.

  • Editors

    Janis Bell

    Thomas Willette, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


    Janis Bell, Giovanna Perini, Louis Marchesano, Tomaso Montanari, Ingo Herklotz, Eugene Dwyer, Hetty E. Joyce, Claire Pace, Martina Hansmann, Anthony Colantuono, Thomas Willette

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