Per un’inedita guida milanese del 1739 conservata all'Ambrosiana (M 65 suss.)
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The handwritten guidebook, 1739 Raccolta delle pitture de’ celebri maestri antiche, e d’autori moderni preserved at the biblioteca Ambrosiana (M 65 suss.), has been known so far in an 19th century transcription kept at the biblioteca Capitolare in Milan, probably commissioned by Aristide Sala. During the 19th century the volume was first owned by Michele Caffi and then by Luca beltrami who donated it to the Ambrosiana in 1906. the booklet lists and collects the paintings that were in churches and in some public and private palaces in that period in Milan; by comparing the coeval guidebooks made by the Santagostino brothers, by torre, biffi and Latuada remarkable elements have appeared: the importance given to architectural quadratures, decorations and to 17th and 18th centuries minor artists, mostly Lombard; inspection visits of both the convents and church sacristies; a very peculiar focus on the series of paintings dedicated and to lives of saints and on the restorations; the presence of several works, most of which today untraceable. the article finally presents two works attributed to Camillo Procaccini and to Agostino Santagostino. the anonymous author of the guidebook is himself a painter and a restorer, perhaps a clergyman who basically integrated the documents Santagostino and Latuada had written.
keywordsArt guidebook; History of Art Literature; biblioteca Ambrosiana; biblioteca del Capitolo Metropolitano di Milano; 17th century paintings and frescos, Milan; Agostino Santagostino; Camillo Procaccini.
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