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Cartari - Images des Dieux - 1610

The book was immensely successful, went through numerous editions, some illustrated, and was translated into many languages, including English in 1599. It became the iconographic manual of painters throughout Europe for the next 250 years. Cicognara 4684.
The images provided the Renaissance viewer with some of the most imaginative iconographies that have been consulted and imitated by poets, painters, sculptors and scholars of ancient religions.
This illustrated edition (the first was without the figures) of Cartari's work has been used as a model for the works of many artists.
An important book. See: Mortimer / IT 108; Adams C786; Brunet I 1601 not in Praz or Landwehr.

Famous treatise by Cartari on the mythology of the ancients. As expressed in the preface to the text, the novelty brought by the author is that of having studied the iconography of the gods and their multiple characteristics. This text therefore becomes fundamental for artists, painters, sculptors, but also poets and prose writers, who must, in their works, represent or describe the classical pantheon. Success in Europe was immediate and lasted for over two centuries.

Influential and successful treatise by Cartari on the mythology of the ancients. Cartari focused on the iconography of the gods, explaining their features and detailing their many attributes. His book was written expressly to help artists, painters and sculptors understand and choose themes.

Vincenzo Cartari (c. 1531 - 1590) was a mythographer, secretary and diplomat of the Italian Renaissance.
Born in Reggio Emilia, he worked for Duke Alfonso II Este and for cardinals Ippolito II and Luigi II Este, in the courts of Ferrara, Venice, Tivoli (Rome), Fontainebleau and Brussels.

The popularity and influence of Cartari's book continued throughout the 17th century. Valgrisi published an almost identical edition at the same time: "While Vincenzo Cartari's book Imagini delli Dei de gl'Antichi ('Images of the gods of the ancients') was neither the first nor the most erudite treatise on the Greco-Roman pantheon published in Italy of the sixteenth century, over time, however, came to be the most popular and influential.

The book focused on the iconography of the gods, explaining the likeness in which they were represented and in detail their many attributes and accoutrements. The book's success was buoyed by the vivid illustrations accompanying the text. The drawings are attributed to Bolognino Zaltieri.

Very little is known about Vincenzo Cartari. He was born in Reggio Emilia around 1531 and died around 1571. He was probably a protege of the dukes of Ferrara. He wrote in Italian instead of Latin. The name is rarely found in the works of his contemporaries. In his book, Cartari recognized the influence of Lilio Gregorio Giraldi's "History of the Gods" (De deis gentium varia et multiplex historia) which had been published in 1548; In fact, Cartari was later accused of having plagiarized the work of the older scholar. Cartari's writings were in turn borrowed from later writers, in particular from Gian Paolo Lomazzo. Subsequent editions (from 1615 onwards) of the Imagini were supplemented with annotations by the antiquarian and philologist Lorenzo Pignoria. "From: New Newspaper, December 27, 2005.

Two works in one volume subsequent binding in half leather with marbled plates back with 4 bands in relief and gilded panels. Very solid and well-bound text block, homogeneous browning and some Pp gora. 685 pp, 1 blank sheet, 8 unnumbered, 186 pp. Drop caps and cul de lamps, 88 engraved plates of divinities and goddesses.
Splendid frontispiece engraved with allegory of many divinities.
Translation from Italian by Antoine du Verdier.

Les Images des Dieux containing leurs portraits, coutumes & cérémonies de la religion des Payens.
a Lion, chez Paul Frelon, 1610.
To follow: Laplonce Richette. Histoire généalogique des dieux des anciens recueillis de plusieurs auteurs grecs et latins, pour the intelligence & explications des fables.
a Lion, chez Paul Frelon, 1623.
Vincenzo Cartari
Laplonce Richette

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Heraldry
Author/ Illustrator Cartari
Book Title Images des Dieux
Condition Good
Publication year oldest item 1610
Edition Illustrated Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Publisher a Lion, chez Paul Frelon
Binding/ Material Half leather
Extras tipped in plates
Number of pages 874
Dimensions 193×132 mm
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