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

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 21, 2005 - Art - 504 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Note on the Illustrations
43
Life of Annibale Carracci 69
135
Life of Domenico Fontana 139
154
Life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
183
Life of Anthony van Dyck
223
Life of Domenico Zampieri il Domenichino
237
Life of Giovanni Lanfranco
290
Life of Nicolas Poussin
307
Life of Carlo Maratti
399
Glossary
441
Belloris Accuracy
455
Copyright

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

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