Bellori Edition Project

Giovan Pietro Bellori's The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors, and Architects published in 1672 is one of the most important and influential source texts of the 17th century. The unbroken research interest proves the undisputed significance of Bellori's writings long appreciated both for its literary complexity and as a source for methodological and art-historiographical research as much as for its documentary qualities.

The critical bilingual edition of the biographies promoted by the research department of Tristan Weddigen now makes a German translation of the biographies available for the first time. It is printed by the Wallstein publishing house in 13 successive volumes beginning in 2018. The critical edition allows a juxtaposition with the Italian original and offers expert commentary on the latest research findings with an accompanying essay to each of the biographies examining their historiographical, art-theoretical and source-critical content.

The Bellori edition is the result of a research project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). Each member of the expert working group was responsible for writing the annotation to one or more of the biographies. The intensive work on the translation, some of which carried out by the researchers themselves, may be considered the heuristic basis of this edition. The essays and commentary reflect the latest research findings into Bellori's language, its terminology and semantic complexity. The edition identifies internal correlations among the different Vite and questions the research theorem that defines Bellori as the theoretician of the classical current within the Roman Seicento.

Already published:

Giovan Pietro Bellori, L'Idea del pittore, dello scultore e dell'architetto. Die Idee des Malers, des Bildhauers und des Architekten
ed. and annotated by Elisabeth Oy-Marra in collaboration with Sabrina Leps, introduction and essay by Elisabeth Oy-Marra, transl. by Anja Brug and Irina Schmiedel in collaboration with Ulrike Tarnow. Volume 1.
The Idea edition is the prelude to the critical Bellori edition. It begins with a biographical overview of Giovan Pietro Bellori and the genesis of the Vite by Elisabeth Oy-Marra. more
Giovan Pietro Bellori, Vita di Domenico Fontana. Das Leben des Domenico Fontana.
hg. von Costanza Caraffa und Claudia Marra. Komm. von Claudia Marra und mit einem Essay versehen von Costanza Caraffa. Aus dem Italienischen übersetzt von Anja Brug. Band 3.

Die Vita des Domenico Fontana (1543–1607) sticht innerhalb von Belloris Lebensbeschreibungen als einzige Architektenvita heraus. Dabei schildert sie aber nicht allein Karriere und Werke des Tessiner Baukünstlers – vielmehr nimmt sich Bellori hier der Aufgabe an, die Rolle der Architektur am Beispiel Fontanas exemplarisch festzumachen. more
Giovan Pietro Bellori, Vita di Michelangelo Merigi da Caravaggio. Das Leben des Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.<br /><br />
Transl., ed., commented and with an essay by Valeska von Rosen, transl. and commentary in collaboration with Anja Brug and Isabell Franconi. Volume 5.
The biography of the painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610), with which Giovanni Pietro Bellori began work on his Vite, saw him confronted with the challenging task of describing Caravaggio's radical stylistic 'novelty' and his deliberate break with the traditions of painting. Which terminology is adequate for the painter's imagery, he asks, and which metaphors most appropriate? more
Giovan Pietro Bellori, Vita di Francesco di Quesnoy e Vita di Alessandro Algardi. Das Leben des François Duquesnoy e Das Leben des Alessandro Algardi.
hg., komm. und mit Essays versehen von Regina Deckers und Frank Martin (†). Übersetzung von Frank Martin (†). Band 7.
Mit der Entscheidung, die beiden Bildhauer François Duquesnoy (1597–1643) und Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654) in seine Lebensbeschreibungen zeitgenössischer Künstler aufzunehmen, bekräftigte Giovan Pietro Bellori seinen persönlichen Vorzug des klassischen Ideals – gegenüber den umwälzenden Entwicklungen, die sich in der Kunstmetropole Rom unter dem Einfluss Gian Lorenzo Berninis (1598–1680) vollzogen. more
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