Publisher description for The lives of the modern painters, sculptors, and architects / Giovan Pietro Bellori ; translation by Alice Sedgwick Wohl ; notes by Hellmut Wohl ; introduction by Tomaso Montanari.
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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 of the Artists lies in the scrupulous documentation of artists, many of whom he knew personally; the author's detailed descriptions of their works; as well as his exposition of the classicist theory of art in the introductory lecture, the Idea.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Artists Europe Biography Early works to 1800, Artists Italy Biography Early works to 1800, Art, European 17th century Early works to 1800