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

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Giovan Pietro Bellori was one of the most important intellectuals of seventeenth-century Italy. Although best known today for his art criticism and biographies of artists he knew personally, he was also renowned for his knowledge of 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. As a frank, unbiased reevaluation of its subject, the study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of Bellori's place in seventeenth-century letters and politics, art criticism, and antiquarian studies.

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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, 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.

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"[T]his collection of 11 essays ... is the first comprehensive work on the historian--and thus of inestimable value.... As a whole, the volume elucidates the complex network of interactions among Roman artists, scholars, and patrons, with Bellori at its nexus. Essential." Choice

"...substantial and carefully researched...a considerable contribution to our understanding of the intersections among Bellori's myriad activities, his political alliances and patronage networks, and his unique role within the cultural-political world of seventeenth-century Europe." Renaissance Quarterly

"A welcome addition to a growing body of work on early modern art theory, this volume should inspire further scholarly investigation of Bellori's writings on art." Sixteenth Century Journal

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