Le vite de’ pittori, scultori et architetti moderni. By Giovanni Pietro Bellori. Le vite de’ pittori, scultori et architetti moderni was written by Giovanni Pietro Bellori and . Review of Giovan Pietro Bellori’s ‘Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects’ (edited by Evelina Borea). Alla Pittura (), Alla Pittura, per le Vite del Cavaliere Giovanni Baglione Pietro Bellori Vite (), Le Vite de’ pittori scultori e architetti moderni.

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Giovanni Pietro Bellori 15 January — 19 February[1] also known as Giovan Pietro Bellori or Gian Pietro Belloriwas an Italian painter and antiquarian, but, more famously, a prominent biographer of artists of the 17th century, equivalent to Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century. Belpori Lives of the Artists Vite de’Pittori, Scultori et Architetti Moderni [2]published inwas influential in consolidating and promoting the theoretical case for classical idealism in art.

Le vite de’ pittori, scultori e architetti moderni

Bellori, possibly the nephew of the antiquarian collector and writer Francesco Angelonilived in Angeloni’s home in Rome. As a young man, he apparently took art vits from the painter Domenichino and became a member of the Accademia di San Lucathe painting academy in Rome. Bellori was curator of antiquities for Pope Clement X.


Inhe was appointed secretary of the Accademia di San Luca. He was later appointed as librarian and antiquarian to Queen Christina of Sweden.

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He died in in Rome and was buried in the Church of S. In Bellori delivered an influential speech to the Accademia on the Ideal in Art.

In he published this as a preface to his biographies of recent and contemporary artists, entitled: In Bellori’s view, the Renaissance ideal had been rescued from the tangled post- Raphael and Michelangelo styles now known as Mannerismby the robust classicism of those following Annibale Carracci’s lead. This famously led to Bellori’s reverence of the painting of Annibale Carracci and repudiation of Caravaggio.

In Bellori’s Lives the artists he most admired were Domenichino and Nicolas Poussin; his friend the sculptor Alessandro Algardi was praised while Bernini was not mentioned and he included the painters Andrea Sacchi and his pupil Carlo Marattahowever, he omitted Pietro da Cortona.

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Bellori often vellori for his facts on the earlier biographies of Roman artists by Giovanni Baglione. Vasari’s definition of disegno or design, at that time seen as the most important artistic element, is tied up in the concept of ‘prudence’. An artist’s work could essentially be seen as a series of choices, and the wisdom of these choices was owed to the character or ‘prudence’ of the artist.


This forms the basis of subsequent value judgments in art by Bellori and his contemporaries. ,e and Agucchi, after Aristotle, equated the practice of idealism with prudent choice, and naturalism with poor prudence.

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