Rylands English MS 60, compiled for the Spencer family in the eighteenth century, contains 130 printed portraits of early modern artists gathered from diverse sources and mounted in two albums: 76 portraits in the first volume, which is devoted to northern European artists, and 54 in the second volume, containing Italian and French painters. Both albums of this 'Collection of Engravings of Portraits of Painters' were initially planned to include a written biography of each artist copied from the few sources available in English at the time, but that part of the project was abandoned. This article relates English MS 60 to shifting practices of picturing art history. It examines the rise of printed artists' portraits, tracing the divergent histories of the genre south and north of the Alps, and explores how biographical approaches to the history of art were being replaced, in the eighteenth century, by the development of illustrated texts about art.
|Number of pages||31|
|Journal||Bulletin of the John Rylands Library|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2019|
- Charles Alphonse Du Fresnoy
- Dominicus Lampsonius
- Giorgio Vasari
- Historical anachronism
- Ottavio Marco Leoni
- Richard Graham
- Roger de Piles
- Spencer Collection
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