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Interviews on the lives and works of the most excellent ancient and modern painters. Second edition.
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FELIBIEN DES AVAUX, Jean-François.
Historical collection of the lives and works of the most famous architects. Paris, Florentin & Pierre Delaulne, 1690.
2 works in 3 volumes, bound in 2 volumes in-4 (243 x 178 mm) of 16 ff.n.ch., 758 pp., 9 ff.n.ch.
of table and privilege for volume I; 2 ff.n.ch., 706 pp., 5 ff.n.ch. de table et de privilège for volume II; 8 ff.n.ch., 249 pp., 9 ff.n.ch. for the Recueil historique; red morocco, triple gilt fillet framing, ornate ribbed spine, gilt edges on marbling (period bindings).
I - The second edition of one of the founding works of criticism and the history of art in France is now back on sale.
André Félibien, sieur des Avaux et de Javercy (Chartres, 1619-Paris, 1695), friend of Nicolas Poussin and protégé of Colbert, had developed his natural taste for the arts in Italy and particularly in Rome, where he stayed in 1647 as an embassy secretary.
"This perfect honest man was appreciated by Fouquet, then by Colbert, who appointed him successively historiographer of buildings, historiographer and secretary of the Academy of Painting (1666-1668), secretary of the Academy of Architecture (1670) and Guardian of Antiquities (1672).
Louvois made him a general controller of bridges and roads (1683), and he was still administrator of the Quinze-Vingts. Félibien was also a member of the first Academy of Inscriptions and Belleslettres...
His works bear witness to a just spirit and a sure taste: he is at the same time clear and profound, learned and interesting" (M. Bonnaire, Grente-Dandrey, loc. cit.).
The Interviews, published over a period of about twenty years and then collected in two volumes, are an important source for the study of the author's contemporary painters, and first and foremost Poussin, the sole subject of the eighth interview (cf. p
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