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The I Tatti Renaissance Library 44

Sacred Painting. Museum

Federico Borromeo

Edited and translated by Kenneth S. Rothwell, Jr.

Introduction and notes by Pamela M. Jones

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674047587

Publication Date: 06/01/2010


336 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

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Villa I Tatti > The I Tatti Renaissance Library


  • Introduction
  • Illustrations
  • Sacred Painting
    • Book I
      • 1. The Subject and Arrangement of the Book
      • 2. Decorum
      • 3. The Errors of the Ancient Pagans
      • 4. Historical Falsehoods
      • 5. Pagan Myths
      • 6. Nudity
      • 7. Clothing
      • 8. Age
      • 9. The Compositional Field of the Painting
      • 10. How Difficult It Is to Express the Emotions
      • 11. Piety, Above All Else, Is Necessary for the Painter
      • 12. Athletic Figures
      • 13. Lascivious Figures
    • Book II
      • 1. The Appearance of the Most Holy Trinity
      • 2. The Portrayal of the Savior
      • 3. Representations of the Crucifixion
      • 4. The Mysteries of the Savior
      • 5. The Appearance of the Most Blessed Virgin
      • 6. Images of Angels
      • 7. Sacred Symbols
      • 8. Images Copied from Life
      • 9. Portraits of St. Gregory the Great and Charlemagne
      • 10. In Which Various Knotty Problems Concerning Portraits of the Saints Are Solved
      • 11. The Clothing and Attributes of the Saints
      • 12. The Various Uses of Images by Christians
      • 13. The Ancient Forms of Sacred Buildings
  • Museum
    • Introduction: the importance of written documentation; Pliny as a model; organization of the book, following the arrangement of the Museum
    • Titian, Adoration of the Magi; Titian’s technique; skills artists need: colorito and disegno; landscapes and human figures; Deposition; Holy Family with Tobias; Virgin and Child with St. Catherine
    • Jacopo Bassano the Elder, Annunciation, Rest on the Flight to Egypt
    • Copies: the usefulness of copies; guidelines for copying
    • Copies of Raphael: Isaiah, Sibyls; Luini the Elder’s Sibyls; Carracci’s copy of Correggio’s Mother of God and Gypsy
    • Miniatures: six miniature paintings in a silver frame, by Clovio, Luini, Jan Brueghel
    • Brueghel’s skills as a miniaturist; his Daniel in the Lions’ Den; The Four Elements described; Madonna and Child in a Garland
    • Other miniatures: Luini, Marchesino, Decio; a crystal Triumph of David; Brueghel’s miniature of a mouse
    • Other paintings, including a portrait by Michelangelo
    • Next room: larger paintings; Luini the Elder’s The Holy Family, executed with Leonardo; the practice of artists sharing credit
    • Landscape by Titian; seascape by Bril; Noli me tangere by Luini; Mother of God by Giampietrino; Titian’s Penitent Magdalene
    • More on Brueghel: twelve small works by Brueghel; Rottenhammer’s Winter Landscape, with flowers by Brueghel; comparison of Titian’s and Luini’s Penitent Magdalene
    • Comparison of Brueghel’s two flower paintings; Luini copies
    • Leonardo’s Last Supper: attempts at conservation; Vespino’s copy; discussion of the portrayal of the personalities
    • Further paintings: Mariani’s Magdalene, modeled on a Raphael; copy of Raphael’s Hercules; copies by Mariani of Gaudenzio paintings; Titian’s Old Man in Armor, of his father
    • Portraits, including copies of Raphael by Mariani; Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit; other masterpieces, and a miniature study of a head by Marchesini
    • Why ignorance of art is inappropriate for an ecclesiastic; an anecdote about visitors to Rome
    • Sculpture: the usefulness of casts and copies; Aretino’s excellent work
    • Regret for the loss of Michelangelo’s drawings; his relationship with students
    • Copies of Apollo Belvedere, Antinous, and others; Raphael’s cartoon for The School of Athens; Prestinari
    • The colossal statue of Carlo Borromeo in Arona
    • Third part of the treatise: a list of portraits made from life
  • Appendix: Rules of the Accademia del Disegno
  • Note on the Texts and Translation
  • Notes to the Texts
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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