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The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 1 From the Period of the Revival of the Fine Arts to the End of the Eighteenth Century   By:

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THE

HISTORY OF PAINTING

IN

ITALY.

VOL. I.

THE

HISTORY OF PAINTING

IN

ITALY,

FROM THE PERIOD OF THE REVIVAL OF

THE FINE ARTS

TO THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY:

TRANSLATED

From the Original Italian

OF THE

ABATE LUIGI LANZI.

BY THOMAS ROSCOE.

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

CONTAINING THE SCHOOLS OF FLORENCE AND SIENA.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

W. SIMPKIN AND R. MARSHALL,

STATIONERS' HALL COURT, LUDGATE STREET.

1828.

J. M'Creery, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.

ADVERTISEMENT.

After the very copious and excellent remarks upon the objects of the present history contained in the Author's Preface, the Translator feels that it would be useless on his part to add any further explanation.

It would not be right, however, to close these volumes without some acknowledgment of the valuable assistance he has received. Amongst others, he is particularly indebted to Dr. Traill, of Liverpool, who after proceeding to some length with a translation of this work, kindly placed what he had completed in the hands of the Translator, with liberty to make such use of it as might be deemed advantageous to the present undertaking. To Mr. W. Y. Ottley, who also contemplated, and in part executed, a version of the same author, the Translator has to express his obligations for several explanations of terms of art, which the intimacy of that gentleman with the fine arts, in all their branches, peculiarly qualifies him to impart.[1] Similar acknowledgments are due to an enlightened and learned foreigner, Mr. Panizzi, of Liverpool, for his kind explanation of various obscure phrases and doubtful passages.

Notwithstanding the anxious desire and unremitting endeavours of the Translator to render this work, in all instances, as accurate as the nature of the subject, and the numerous difficulties he had to surmount would allow, yet, in dismissing it from his hands, he cannot repress the feeling that he must throw himself upon the indulgence of the public to excuse such errors as may be discoverable in the text. He trusts, however, that where it may be found incorrect, it will for the most part be in those passages where doubtful terms of art lay in his way, intelligible only to the initiated, and which perhaps many of the countrymen of Lanzi themselves might not be able very readily to explain.

[Footnote 1: The following are among the valuable works which have been given to the public by Mr. Ottley: The Italian School of Design, being a series of Fac similes of Original Drawings, &c. An Inquiry into the History of Engraving. The Stafford Gallery. A Series of Plates engraved after the Paintings and Sculptures of the most eminent masters of the early Florentine School, during the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries. This work forms a complete illustration of the first volume of Lanzi. A Catalogue of the National Gallery. Fac similes of Specimens of Early Masters, &c.]

CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

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Preface by the Author i

Biographical Notice by the Translator xli

HISTORY OF PAINTING IN LOWER ITALY.

BOOK I.

FLORENTINE SCHOOL.

EPOCH I. Origin of the revival of painting Association and methods of the old painters Series of Tuscan artists before the time of Cimabue and Giotto. SECT. I. 1

Florentine painters who lived after Giotto to the end of the fifteenth century. SECT. II. 51

Origin and progress of engraving on copper and wood. SECT. III. 105

EPOCH II. Vinci, Bonarruoti, and other celebrated artists, form the most flourishing era of this school 147

EPOCH III... Continue reading book >>




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