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DÉZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, Antoine-Joseph. Joseph [Carlo-Giuseppe] RATTI, copyist.
Abregé de la vie des fameux peintres avec leurs portraits. Copiées de celles de M*** de l'Acadèmie Royale des Sciences de Montpellier par Joseph Ratti savonnois.
[?Genoa], 1762. Manuscript, folio (295 × 200 mm), [2], 254, [6], including final index leaf, 49 medallion portraits in grey or sepia wash. Legible text in French throughout. Old marginal repair to one leaf around portrait, occasional very minor wormholes or tracks, rarely touching text. Contemporary vellum, title in manuscript to spine. An illustrated biography of 53 artists, selected and copied from Dézallier d'Argenville's popular biographical encyclopaedia of the same name (first published in 1742), the selections being mainly French, Flemish and Dutch, but including English artists William Dobson and James Thornhill. Lely, Kneller, Velasquez, Murillo, Antoine and Noël Nicolas Coypel, Watteau, Rombouts, Wildens and Vanloo. This is an interesting selection, eschewing the many earlier Italian masters for mainly Northern baroque artists. Dobson (one of the first notable English painters) and Thornhill (of Greenwich, St Paul's and Chatsworth renown) are especially interesting inclusions in this Franco-Italian context. 'Joseph Ratti Savonnois' named as the copyist is probably the artist and biographer, Carlo Giuseppe Ratti (1737-1795), later director of the Academy at Genoa. . Order directly from our website for free shipping worldwide.
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