Gallucci's Commentary on Dürer's 'Four Books on Human Proportion'

Renaissance Proportion Theory

by James Hutson

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In 1591, Giovanni Paolo Gallucci published his Della simmetria dei corpi humani, an Italian translation of Albrecht Dürer's Four Books on Human Proportion. While Dürer's treatise had been translated earlier in the sixteenth-century into French and Latin, it was Gallucci's Italian translation that endured in popularity as the most cited version of the text in later Baroque treatises, covering topics that were seen as central to arts education, connoisseurship, patronage, and the wider appreciation of the studia humanitatis in general.

The text centres on the relationships between beauty and proportion, macrocosm and microcosm: relationships that were not only essential to the visual arts in the early modern era, but that cut across a range of disciplines - music, physiognomics and humoral readings, astronomy, astrology and cosmology, theology and philosophy, even mnemonics and poetry. In his version of the text, Gallucci expanded the educational potential of the treatise by adding a Preface, a Life of Dürer, and a Fifth Book providing a philosophical framework within which to interpret Dürer's previous sections.

This translation is the first to make these original contributions by Gallucci accessible to an English-speaking audience. Gallucci's contributions illuminate the significance of symmetry and proportion in the contemporary education of the early modern era, informing our understanding of the intellectual history of this period, and the development of art theory and criticism. This is a valuable resource to early modern scholars and students alike, especially those specialising in history of art, philosophy, history of science, and poetry.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Gallucci's Commentary on Dürer's 'Four Books on Human Proportion' ebook for free in PDF format (13.3 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Proportion Theory: Disciplinary Intersections
1
Chapter 2
Gallucci: Translator, Academician, Pedagogue
26
Chapter 3
Ut pictura poesis: Sister Arts
40
Chapter 4
Physiognomics: The Science of Passion
50
Chapter 5
From Microcosm to Macrocosm
58
Chapter 6
Proportion Studies: Reception and Legacy
67
 
On the Symmetry of Human Bodies
83
 
Bibliography
187
 
List of Illustrations
201
 
Index of Proper Names
205

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2020
Pages
228
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781783748877
ISBN10
1783748877
ISBN13 Digital
9781783748891
ISBN10 Digital
1783748893
PDF Size
13.3 MB
License
CC BY

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