Dolce's 'Aretino' and Venetian Art Theory of the Cinquecento

By Mark W. Roskill

© 2000

Ludovico Dolce's Dialogo della pittura first appeared in Venice in 1557. L'Aretino, by which the work is known today, consists of a three-part dialogue between two Venetians, Aretino and Fabrini, on the particular merits of works of art and artists, including Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello. It is based largely on Aretino's letters.

The edition is presented in the original Italian with English facing-page translation.

This study of early art criticism serves to reveal something of how aesthetics were judged based on classical sources (especially Aristotle) and contemporary writers like Vasari.

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  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series
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  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Dolce’s Dialogo della pittura first appeared in Venice in 1557 and consists of a three-part dialogue between two Venetians, Aretino and Fabrini, on the particular merits of works of art and artists, including Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello.

Dolce's 'Aretino' and Venetian Art Theory of the Cinquecento

By Mark W. Roskill

© 2000

Ludovico Dolce's Dialogo della pittura first appeared in Venice in 1557. L'Aretino, by which the work is known today, consists of a three-part dialogue between two Venetians, Aretino and Fabrini, on the particular merits of works of art and artists, including Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello. It is based largely on Aretino's letters.

The edition is presented in the original Italian with English facing-page translation.

This study of early art criticism serves to reveal something of how aesthetics were judged based on classical sources (especially Aristotle) and contemporary writers like Vasari.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Mark W. Roskill is Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.