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Joachim von Sandrart
Der Teutschen Academie Zweyter und letzter Haupt-Theil / Von Der Edlen Bau- Bild- und Mahlerey-Künste [...]. Carel van Mander, P. Ovidii Nas. Metamorphosis, Oder: Des verblümten Sinns der Ovidianischen Wandlungs-Gedichte gründliche Auslegung [...]. Lebenslauf und Kunst-Werke Des WolEdlen und Gestrengen Herrn Joachims von Sandrart [...]. Three works in one vol. Nuremberg and Frankfurt a.M., Christian Sigismund Froberger and Johann-Philipp Miltenberger,
Imaginative ingenious details such as an initial containing the elevation of the Roman Pantheon (first part, p. 3), spirited quotations from antiquity, such as the Artemis of Ephesus on the title of the second part, or prestigious, subtly atmospheric full-page illustrations of antique statues have made this work an erudite, aesthetically sophisticated pleasure and an exuberant feast for art-loving eyes for generations. The painter and engraver Joachim von Sandrart (1606 - 1688) published the «Teutsche Academie», the first encyclopaedic treatise on art theory in the German language. It contains remarks on ancient architecture and sculpture, vitae of important ancient and modern artists, a translation of Karel van Mander’s text on Ovid’s Metamorphoses and a detailed biography of the author himself. Decorated in a detailed and ingenious manner with numerous initials, vignettes and copperplate engravings of various sizes, this sumptuous volume is a visually powerful masterpiece and early testimony to German-language art historiography.
Provenance: Library of the last Prince-Bishop of Basel Franz Xaver von Neveu (1749 - 1828); after his death it became private property of the family of Neveu, Durbach.
Literature: VD17 1:080147T; VD17 1:072040Q; VD17 3:608230L.