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The Life of Guido Reni

Malvasia, Carlo Cesare; Enggass, Catherina and Enggass, Robert (translated by)

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ISBN 10: 0271002646 / ISBN 13: 9780271002644
Published by The Pennsylvania State University pRESS, University Park, PA, 1980
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Clean tight copy. Grey boards with silver lettering. Translated and with an introduction by Catherine and Robert Enggass. Light grey jacket in mylar has black lithograph of Reni with black lettering. This Malvasia rendition of Reni lets us see a major artist of the Italian Baroque through the eyes of his own age--driven by compulsions, beset by phobias, and isolated by pride. Eight b/w reproductions of his paintings 150 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 18287

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Title: The Life of Guido Reni

Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University pRESS, University Park, PA

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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The main source of what we know about Guido Reni is his life by Malvasia. It lets us see a major artist of the Italian Baroque through the eyes of his own age. The text contains considerable detail on what Guido painted, as well as his commissions and patrons. As Reni's close friend, Malvasia took much of his material from first-hand knowledge; documentary evidence from the artist's recently discovered account book attests to the reliability of his biographer's text.But Malvasia's biography is far more than a chronicle of facts about Reni's art. Through a wealth of illustrative incidents based on eyewitness accounts we come to know Reni as an individual, driven by compulsions, beset by phobias, and isolated by pride. He appears as a man alone in a crowd, desperately anxious to defend his position as a major artist, enormously vulnerable to what were often imagined insults. We see him as an individual obsessed with sorcery and witchcraft and having an overwhelming compulsion for gambling that eventually brought about his ruin and hastened his death. No earlier biography provides so much material about an artist's inner life.The editors have added a substantial introductory essay to their translation of Reni's biography along with an analysis of the text and a section on Malvasia and his writings. Malcasia wrote the best early guidebook to the paintings of Bologna, and his vast compendium on the Bolognese School of painters is the most important regional "Lives of the Artists" tht appeared in Italy during the 17th century. As this is the first book on Reni in English, the editors have added a section intended as an introduction to his rather complex stylistic development. Eight illustrations are included to show some of Reni's most important works.

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Catherine Enggass' many translations include Baldinucci Life of Bernini, the Manetti Life of Brunellschi, and several volumes of the Corpus Palladianum. She is also co-editor of the vatican library edition of Pio's Lives.Robert Enggass, Callaway Professor at the University of Georgia, is the author of The Painting of Baciccio; Early 18th-Century Sculpture in Rome (which won the Borghese Prize in 1977); and, with Jonathan Brown, Italy and Spain, 1600-1750, as well as many articles in art history journals.

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