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- DescriptionThis 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.
- Author BiographyAlice Sedgwick Wohl is an independent scholar and translator. She has translated Antonio Condivi, Life of Michelangelo. 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. Tomaso Montanari is Professore associato di Storia dell'arte moderna at the Universit... di Roma Tor Vergata. He is the author of numerous publications on aspects of Italian Baroque art.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication16/11/2009
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note42 b/w illus.
- Weight1170 g
- Width215 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Edited byHellmut Wohl,Tommaso Montanari
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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