Of the various treatises written in Italy throughout the Counter-Reformation, none is extra illustrative of the highbrow fermentation of the interval than Comanini's paintings at the goal of portray, Il Figino overo del wonderful della Pittura (1591). even though the significance of Il Figino has lengthy been well-known, the textual content has remained principally inaccessible to many students during the global. this primary entire English translation will make the paintings on hand to these readers for the 1st time.
In Il Figino, Comanini addresses all the so much hotly debated aesthetic problems with the time, drawing on an array of classical, medieval and Renaissance assets, together with Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Mazzoni, Tasso and Paleotti. The editor and translator offer copious notes which make clear Comanini's aesthetic and theological references, in addition to a lucid advent that locations the problems and debates in context. Comanini's extraordinary erudition makes his treatise a good barometer of the country of scholarship within the Counter-Reformation period. This translation is a long-overdue addition to the sector of Renaissance studies.
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