Cesare Ripa c. Little is known about his life. He was born in Perugia and died in Rome. After the death of the cardinal, Ripa worked for his relatives. He was knighted after his highly successful Iconologia , which he wrote in his free time, was published.
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Bound in contemporary vellum, title in manuscript on spine and on lower edge, remnants of ties, manuscript shelf mark on upper cover; binding slightly pulling away from spine and with a bit of chipping to fore edge of upper cover; slight tear to spine; paper flaw repair on g8.
A few contemporary annotations correcting pagination errors, some light browning in some quires as typical of this title but much less than usual, minor marginal worm track in final leaves. General good, genuine. A landmark compendium of allegorical personifications, his Iconologia , is a summa of ancient, medieval and early modern information on such images and a sourcebook of unparalleled richness which continues to guide artists and scholars more than four centuries after its publication.
The unillustrated first edition included several hundred entries arranged alphabetically, but the present edition expanded these by more than half, describing personifications and illustrating of these with large woodcuts. Individual personifications were disseminated shortly after the publication of the second edition. By the middle of the seventeenth century, translations of the text had appeared in many European languages and spurred the multiplication and dissemination of the Iconologia.
In the course of the 16 th century, emblem books and other illustrated series proliferated, giving rise to the need for a standardization or an authoritative overview of how to depict virtues, vices, months, geographical regions, and other such abstract concepts.
In art history, the rediscovery of the Iconologia in the early twentieth century also changed the attitude toward medieval allegorical personification. Hourihane, ed. Melion and B. Ramakers, eds. Quellen, Methode, Ziele ; S. Maffei, Le radici antiche dei simboli. Deksel and T. Jahrhundert , pp. Gabriele, C. Galassi, and R. Guerini, eds. Add to Cart Ask a Question. See all items in Rare Books. Check all categories that are of interest to you.
Iconologia, or, Moral emblems