VASARI, Giorgio. Ragionamenti del Sig. Cavaliere Giorgio Vasari. Sopra le inventioni da lui dipinte in Firenze nel Palazzo di loro Altezze Serenissime. Insieme con la inventione della Pittura da lui cominciata nella Cupola. , 186,  pp. Illustrated with the Giunta printing device with initial "F" on title-page and, in a different form, on the colophon. Plus the full-page woodcut portrait of Vasari from the Vite facing page 1. 8vo., 217 x150 mm, bound in contemporary Italian limp vellum, title in brown ink on spine. Florence: Appresso Filippo Giunti, 1588.
First Edition. Giorgio Vasari, considered to be the first art historian and often referred to as the "father of art history," wrote the Ragionamenti between 1557 and 1560. A completed first draft was brought to Rome by Vasari in ca. 1560, where it was read by Annibale Caro, Michelangelo, Duke Cosimo de' Medici, Vincenzo Borghini, and Jacopo Guidi, among others.
The work is written in dialogue form taking place over a period of three days. The two characters were Vasari himself and the young Francesco de' Medici, to whom the book is dedicated. Although the core text revolves around the painted commissions Vasari executed in the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ragionamenti can also be viewed as a supplement to his Le Vite de' Piu Eccellenti Pittori, Scultori, E Architettori.
The Ragionamenti was circulated among friends and artists in Rome over a period of several years, and although Vasari even promised its eventual publication in his autobiography appearing in the Vite of 1568, it remained unpublished at his death in 1574. It was left to his nephew Giorgio Vasari il Giovane to see it through the press and publish it posthumously in 1588.
Vasari not only discusses the allegorical meanings of his compositions in the Palazzo Vecchio, but he served as a guide and Cicerone through the Palazzo, elucidating for both the Prince and the reader, the artistry behind his compositions and the iconographic schema of the works in general. In so doing Vasari created an ingenious dynamic between the artist, the spectator and the art. While most of the dialogue between Vasari and Francesco de' Medici centers on the paintings in the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ragionamenti has a great deal to say regarding the relationship between artist and patron in late Renaissance Italy, and Vasari, known as an artist, architect and biographer, is also revealed to be art critic, aesthetician and art historian as well.
PROVENANCE: Angel Lorenzo de Giudici (1716-1804) man of letters from Arezzo. signed in brown ink at the foot of the title-page "Di Angel Lor de Giudici." He is cited in Atti Dell' Accademica Aretina di Senze, Lettere ed Arte, printed in Arezzo, 1838.
Cicognara 225. Schlosser Magnino 331-332. Camerini 148. Moreni II, 432. Brunet, V, 1097.
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