THE TRUE EFFIGIES OF THE MOST EMINENT PAINTERS, AND OTHER FAMOUS ARTISTS THAT HAVE FLOURISHED IN EUROPE. CURIOUSLY ENGRAVEN ON COPPER-PLATES. TOGETHER WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE TIME WHEN THEY LIVED, THE MOST REMARKABLE PASSAGES OF THEIR LIVES, AND MOST CONSIDERABLE WORKS. VERY USEFUL FOR ALL SUCH GENTLEMEN AS ARE LOVERS OF ART AND INGENUITY.

[London]: np, 1694. 32 cm. [2], 18pp. (text by Sebastiano Resta), [1], 22, [1], 23-121 (plates). In two parts. Title page of part one is preceded by an illustrated, engraved title page which reads: "Het gulden cabinet vande edel vry schilder-const inhoudende den lof vane vermarste Schilders... Corn. de Bie... 1661," and by a letter-press title page. A group of 121 engraved portraits of well known painters, including Van Eyck, Brugel, Rubens, VanDyck, etc., accompanied by short biographies of each. Engravers include Theodore Galle (who is responsible for the first 22 portraits, after works by Jan Wierix and Hieronymus Cock), Joannes Meyssens, Wenceslas Hollar, and Pieter de Jode, among others. The text includes an additional group of short sketches (without portraits) of Italian and other painters, profiling Leonard de Vinci, Corregio, Michael Angelo Buonarota, Titian, Durer, etc., making it a valuable reference work for the art historian or collector.
Part one consists of 22 portraits (previously issued by Galle in Antwerp, s.n.) preceded by an engraved title page which reads: "Illustrium quos Belgium habuit pictorum effigies.... Antverpiae, Apud Theodorum Gallaeum." Part two contains 99 portraits (previously issued by Joannes Meyssens in 1649, and later reused by Cornelis de Bie in 1661-2) with an engraved title page which reads: "Image de divers hommes d'esprit sublime.... Anvers: Mis en lumiere par Jean Meyssens...1649."
A skillful recent Cambridge-style leather binding by Philip Dusel. Item #60914

Wing R1174 [place of publication from Wing] ESTC R6548 [attributing authorship to Resta].

Price: $2,250.00

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