Artibus et Historiae no. 61 (XXXI)

2010, ISSN 0391-9064

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MILES CHAPPELL - Theories of Relativity for Some Florentine Drawings

Florentine artists considered drawing the foundation of art. It is due to this venerable approach that a great number of preparatory drawings were made and that, even with losses due to the vicissitudes of time, numerous examples are preserved today. Many of these are still nameless. The concerns here are some late sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century Florentine drawings which can be lifted from long established orbits of anonymity or of attributions of convenience, identified and related to particular historical contexts. Proposals are made for drawings by the 'reformers' Benedetto Veli, Giovanni Maria Butteri, Giovanni Battista Paggi, Lodovico Cigoli who was a leader in the Florentine Baroque, his disciples Sigismondo Coccapani and Cristofano Allori, the later artist Fabrizio Boschi, and the draftsman-collector Giuseppe Santini.

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