Item #3386 Vite de’ Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti che anno lavorato in Roma morti dal 1641 fino al 1673…. Giovanni Battista PASSERI.
Vite de’ Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti che anno lavorato in Roma morti dal 1641 fino al 1673…
Vite de’ Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti che anno lavorato in Roma morti dal 1641 fino al 1673…
Vite de’ Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti che anno lavorato in Roma morti dal 1641 fino al 1673…
Biographies of Artists Active in Rome, 1641 to 1673
Rome, Gregorio Settari, 1772.

Vite de’ Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti che anno lavorato in Roma morti dal 1641 fino al 1673….

4to [26.5 x 19.6cm], (1) f., xvi, 492 pp.; title printed in red within engraved border, with engraved vignette of a bust of Homer; alphabetical list of subscribers at end. Marginal dampstains on a few pages. Bound in contemporary marbled covered boards, spine rebacked in calf, with original gilt title label preserved, boards and original calf corners worn. Bibliographical note in old hand on verso of front endleaf; illegible ink stamp on lower margin of title. Generally good.

First edition of Passeri’s continuation of Giovanni Baglione’s Le vite de’ pittori, scultori, et architetti del pontificato di Gregorio XII del 1572 in fino a’ tempi di Papa Urbano ottavo nel 1642 (Rome, 1642). Passeri’s work begins with Domenico Zampieri (Il Domenichino) (1581-1641), his teacher, and proceeds chronologically by order of the artist’s death through 1673, providing lively and anecdotal biographies of 36 artists in total. He includes an entry for Caterina Ginnasi (1590-1660), one of the few female artists to become a member of the Accademia di San Luca. “Passeri, an artist-writer who belonged to the conservative circle (he omitted Bernini), recorded the artistic life in Rome from 1641-73” (Arntzen & Rainwater).

Giovanni Battista Passeri (c.1610-1679), born in Rome, studied under Domenichino and specialized in genre and still life paintings. He served as director of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome and was the personal antiquary to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. In addition to his Vite de’ Pittori, Passeri produced works on archaeological and antiquarian subjects, including Picturae Etruscorum in vasculis (Rome, 1767-75), which he illustrated with his engravings of Etruscan red-figure vases.


* Arntzen & Rainwater H72; Cicognara 2344.

Price: $1,250.00

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