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Le Imagini Degli Dei degli Antichi Del: Cartari, Vincenzo.
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About this Item: In Padoa, appresso Pietro Paulo Tozzi, 1608., 1608. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to., (196x145mm), pp: [xl],[1]-408,403,410-411,402,407,414-n415,406,409-497,598, 499-512, [513-518] Catalogo,[519] colophon (with date of 1607), 520 blank, text in Italian, ornate engraved title-page, one engraved plate preceding the text & 136 full-page woodcut illustrations as part of the pagination, very occasional light foxing & 20 pages with slight dampstain, otherwise internally in very good condition, bound in full contemporary vellum, gilt lettered direct, at some time rebacked to preserve original spine. Despite the defects mentioned this is a really good copy in sound & very good condition. The book was an immense success, it went through numerous editions and was translated into many languages, including English in 1599. It became the iconographic handbook of painters throughout Europe for the next 250 years. The woodcuts are based on those of Bolognino Zalteri printed in the Venice 1571 edition with some revision for modesty's sake. Catari's book on the images of ancient gods was first published by Francesco Marolini in 1556, and the first illustrated edition followed in 1571. His work on the gods and their symbols is a key work in the history of symbolism in the Renaissance and the manual for artists as to the proper attributes of the dieties. [See Seznec's The Survival of the Pagan Gods for a full discussion of the importance of this text.] According to Seznec, Cartari (b. ca. 1500) was probably a protégé of the duke of Ferrara. In his work Imagini colla sposizione degli dei degli antichi ("Images depicting the gods of the ancients") of 1556, he identifies Lilio Gregorio Diraldi's De deis gentium varia et multiplex historia of 1548 as one of his sources. Despsite the success of De deis, Cartari's work competed with it by going for a populist approach, with woodcuts of the ancient gods by Bolognino Zaltieri. Cartari focused on the gods' iconography and explained their clothing, expressions, poses and attributes. Cartari's work was an influence on that of Gian Paolo Lomazzo. Unlike the treatises of the other Italian mythographers (Bocaccio, Conti, Giraldi), Cartari's work was profusely illustrated with captioned images of the pagan gods, and composed in the Italian vernacular. The systematic integration of text and image constituted an original approach to the classical myths, and the use of the vernacular made the text accessible to learned and unlearned alike. Cartari's iconographical, symbolic interpretation of the images of the pagan gods as they were represented in antiquity and discussed by Renaissance antiquarians proved to be an enormously popular aproach to pagan myth. His 'Images' was well known to Renaissance artists, poets and critics - "an extremely useful work for historians, poets, painters, sculptors and professors of polite literature.". Seller Inventory # 417

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