BOSCHINI, Marco. La Carta del Navegar Pitoresco. , 680,  pp. Illustrated with an engraved allegorical frontispiece, an engraved portrait, and 25 full-page engravings. Small 4to., 211 x 145 mm, bound in French early eighteenth-century full red morocco, gilt-tooled spine. Venice: Per li Baba, 1660.
First Edition, an important work by this early Venetian connoisseur. It is one of the most influential works on Italian art of the seventeenth century, and that which placed the Venetian school of painting before all others (Benezit).
Marco Boschini (1613-1678) was a Venetian painter, engraver and art dealer whose most important client, Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici, commissioned him to purchase Venetian paintings for the Medici collection. Filippo Baldinucci (1624-1697) was placed in charge of the Tuscan school and Carlo Cesare Malvasia (1616-1693) the Bolognese school.
Boschini's book is written in Venetian dialect and takes the form of a tour through Venice by the author and a companion, discus-sing in detail the art that they encounter. The conversation touches on the technique, the style and the regional flavor of the Venetian paintings at hand. The English pioneer connoisseur of Italian baroque art, Sir Denis Mahon, considered Boschini "the most remarkable writer in the minority (anti-classic) camp in Seicento Italy." Magnificent copy.
Cicognara 976 "operetta interessantissima." Schlosser-Magnino 547. Borroni I, 1619. Mahon, Studies in Seicento Art and Theory, 1947, p. 48. Gamba 118.
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