Giovanni Pietro Bellori 15 January — 19 February ,  also known as Giovan Pietro Bellori or Gian Pietro Bellori , was an Italian painter and antiquarian, but, more famously, a prominent biographer of artists of the 17th century, equivalent to Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century. His Lives of the Artists Vite de' Pittori, Scultori et Architetti Moderni  , published in , was influential in consolidating and promoting the theoretical case for classical idealism in art. Bellori, possibly the nephew of the antiquarian collector and writer Francesco Angeloni , lived in Angeloni's home in Rome. As a young man, he apparently took art lessons from the painter Domenichino and became a member of the Accademia di San Luca , the painting academy in Rome. Bellori was curator of antiquities for Pope Clement X.
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio — Italian painter. Alessandro Algardi — Federico Barocci c. Italian biographer, art theorist, antiquarian, and collector. His most important work—a basic source for the history of 17th-century art—is Le vite de' pittori, scultori et architetti moderni , in the preparation of which he was helped by his friend Poussin.
In contrast to most authors of biographical compilations, Bellori was highly selective in the artists he discussed, limiting himself to only twelve major figures: Algardi, Barocci, Caravaggio, Agostino and Annibale Carracci, Domenichino, Duquesnoy, van Dyck, the architect Domenico Fontana, Lanfranco, Poussin, and Rubens. The preface to the work originally delivered as a lecture at the Accademia di S. Luca, Rome, in became the classic statement of the concept of ideal art.
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Le vite de' pittori, scvltori et architetti moderni
The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors, and Architects or Le vite de' pittori, scultori et architetti moderni is a series of artist biographies written by Gian Pietro Bellori —96 , whom Julius von Schlosser called "the most important historiographer of art not only of Rome, but all Italy, even of Europe, in the seventeenth century". The book was dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Colbert and published with French financial support. The essay, entitled The Idea of the Painter, the Sculptor and the Architect L'idea del pittore, dello scultore, e dell'architetto contributed to a classicist reading of the Lives , as opposed the a book about near-contemporaries. Prior to , only the Idea and the biographies of the Carracci,  Barocci, Caravaggio   and Van Dyck had been translated into English. Bellori was unable to obtain funding for a second edition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Giovanni Pietro Bellori