Disegno partito in più ragionamenti, ne’ quali si tratta della scoltura et pittura…e nel fine alcune lettere che trattano della medesima materia

17 DONI Anton Francesco Disegno partito in piu ragionamenti ne quali si tratta della scoltura et pitturaDONI, Anton Francesco

Venezia, Giolito de Ferrari, 1549

In 8vo; ll. 64; a printer’s mark on title page and on last page, woodcut decorated initials; half calf binding. Original and only edition.

A fine copy of one of the most important Italian works of art critics, in which the author affirms the superiority of sculpture on painting, in a debate very vivid between Italian art critics from XVI century.

In 1548 Paolo Pino wrote the “Dialogo della Pittura” affirming the painting’s primate over sculpture; Doni, with his “Disegno…” sets up his polemic answer, upsetting Pino’s theoretic position, but also identifying in drawing the common root of both arts; the very ability in drawing was said to be missed by Venetian artists. Although Doni publisheshis volume in Venice, the florentine artists are prevailing (Michelangelo as a sculptor overall), and this raised a suddent counter-attack by a venetian writer, Michelangelo Biondo, in his “Della nobilissima pittura”. With a list of mentioned artists.

See Schlosser (pp. 212-14)

Steinmann-Wittkower :Michelangelo Bibliographie, 570; C.Ricottini Marsili-Libelli: “Anton Francesco Doni Scrittoree Stampatore”, Biblioteca Bibliografica Italica, 21, 1960, n. 19.


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