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Bolognese answer to Vasari’s Lives published in English for the first time

First book is part a 16-volume edition of Malvasia’s account of the 14th- to the 17th-century school

Early Bolognese Painting, part one of a 16-volume critical edition of Count Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Lives of the Bolognese Painters

Harvey Miller Publishers, an imprint of the Belgian publishing house Brepols, has produced the first volume, Early Bolognese Painting, of a 16-volume critical edition of Count Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina Pittrice or Lives of the Bolognese Painters, first published in 1678.

Conceived as a local response to Vasari’s Lives, Malvasia’s is the fullest account of the Bolognese school from the 14th to the late 17th century. The original text presents great difficulties even for Italian readers and this project offers, for the first time, a complete English translation, with introductory and biographical essays, as well as historical notes.

The project is under the auspices of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and is support by the Paul Mellon Fund and a grant from the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation. The general editor of the series is Elizabeth Cropper and the critical editor and project co-ordinator is Lorenzo Pericolo.

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