Principles of Painting


The Principles of Painting (eBook)

by Roger de Piles with preface and footnotes by C G Barlow

2021 (Published by The Dialogues Press); 300 pages; 380 footnotes; 26 illustrations; eBook formats: eReaders, tablets, smartphones, PC or Mac, Nook, Kobo and Kindle.

The Dialogues Press presents the first major re-edition for over 250 years of Roger de Piles’ The Principles of Painting. Perfect for educationalists, artists, students, art historians and lovers of art interested in learning more about painting. The book also includes a preface and dialogue (The Probability of Historia) by C G Barlow. The edition is based on a 1743 English translation of the original French lectures, published in 1708. Topics include: invention, disposition, design, draperies, landscape, portraiture, colouring and claro-obscuro. Highlights include: a detailed description of Raphael’s School of Athens, a first-hand account of Van Dyck’s portraiture method and a manuscript written by Peter Paul Rubens. De Piles also includes a separate educational manual, a dissertation on poetry and painting, and his famous “The Balance of Painters”. Many sixteenth and seventeenth century artists are referenced. Piles was an artist and secret agent for Louis XIV. He was the chief theorist at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris and the most important art theorist of late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Europe. The text has been carefully prepared for eReaders by a specialist in period treatises, and there are 380 footnotes explaining key words, concepts and biographies of artists. Containing the original pagination, the book is equally useful for professional art historians as a search tool. So, whether you are a student learning to paint, an art lover keen to learn more about how to look at paintings in museums or exhibitions, or whether you are a seasoned artist looking for new inspiration, this is an excellent eBook for you.

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