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Sacred Painting, Museum by Federico Borromeo
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Federico Borromeo, Cardinal-Archbishop of Milan (1564-1631), is well known as a leading Catholic reformer and as the founder of the Ambrosiana library, art collection, and academy in that city. Less known is the fact that the institution's art museum was the culmination of many decades of reflection on the aesthetic qualities and religious roles of art. Borromeo recorded his reflections in two treatises. "De pictura sacra" ("Sacred Painting", 1624) laid out the rules that artists should follow when creating religious art. Borromeo touched on dozens of iconographical issues and in so doing drew on his deep knowledge not only of church fathers, councils, and scripture but also of classical art and literature. In "Musaeum" (1625) Borromeo showed a less doctrinaire and more personal side by walking the reader through the Ambrosiana and commenting on specific works in his collection. He offered some of the earliest and most important critiques to survive on works by artists such as Leonardo, Titian, and Jan Brueghel the Elder. This volume offers, for the first time, translations of the treatises directly into English as well as freshly edited Latin texts, an introduction, extensive notes, and an appendix on the Academy of Design that was established in conjunction with the museum. These treatises will be of great interest to students of the history of art, museums, and religion.

Author Biography

Kenneth S. Rothwell, Jr. is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Pamela M. Jones is Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Release date Australia
June 22nd, 2010
Contributors
Edited and translated by Kenneth S. Rothwell Introduction and notes by Pamela M. Jones
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
10 halftones
Imprint
Harvard University Press
Pages
336
Dimensions
133x203x25
ISBN-13
9780674047587
Product ID
3957762

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