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2 June 1998
[OTTONELLI, Gian Domenico & Pietro BERRETINI da Cortona]. Trattato della pittura, e scultura, uso, et abuso loro. Composto da un theologo, e da un pittore. Florence: G.A. Bonardi, 1652.
4°. (Without the 2 unnumbered leaves found after the prefatory matter, browned and foxed, 2 leaves of index becoming loose.) Contemporary limp vellum.
FIRST EDITION of this treatise on the nature of art, the responsibilities of the artist, the social influence of works of art and their subject matter, by two authors, one a priest and the other an artist, whose names are given in anagrammatic form in the title. Cicognara (222) adds that there is more theological than artistic erudition to be found in the work.
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