Carlo Cesare Malvasia (–) was an Italian scholar and art historian from Bologna, best known for his biographies of Baroque artists titled Felsina pittrice. Count Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice, or Lives of the Bolognese. Painters, first published in two volumes in Bologna in , is one of the. Directed by Elizabeth Cropper, dean of CASVA, this project will result in a full critical edition and annotated translation of Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice.

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Malvasia also published Le pitture di Bolognaa companion gallery guide of works by the artists discussed in the Felsina pittriceand Marmorea felsinea fellsina to Bolognese antiquities Records indicate he spent some time as a volunteer cavalier during the First War of Castro at the urging of his cousin Cornelio Malvasia ; leader of the Papal Army cavalry.

Carlo Cesare Malvasia — was an Italian scholar and art historian from Bolognabest known for his biographies of Baroque artists titled Felsina pittricepublished in He obtained a theology degree inand was appointed a canon in Bologna Cathedral in Retrieved from ” https: Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat Recent scholarship has taken Malvasia more seriously as an art historian and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts is preparing the first scholarly, critical edition sinceaccompanied by the first English translation, of the complete text of pttrice Felsina pittrice two of the planned sixteen volumes of which have been published.


Malvasiia pittrice has been criticized for its inaccuracies and unfavorably compared to Malvsia vite de’ pittori, scultori et architetti moderni by Malvasia’s contemporary, Giovanni Pietro Bellorion the grounds of that Malvasia’s text pittrics a mere compilation of facts embellished with poetic language, lacking in critical assessments and governed by no theoretical framework other than a provincial attachment to his native city. Malvasia is the Bolognese equivalent of Giorgio Vasariand saw his native city surpassing Florence pittricce the artistic supremacy of his time.

Born to an aristocratic family, he is also known as Count Carlo Malvasia. Views Read Edit View history. He received cursory training in painting under Giacinto Campana and Giacomo Cavedone.

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Thereafter he graduated as a lawyer, and lectured on the subject at the malvasi in Bologna. The text is divided into four historical sections, with the first on the trecento painters, the second focusing on Francesco Francia, the third telsina to the Carracci, and the fourth and most valued today providing detailed, firsthand accounts of the lives and careers of the artists who rose to pre-eminence during the 17th century in the wake of the Carracci reform, including Guido ReniGuercinoDomenichinoand Lanfranco.


Malvasia was also a collector and acted as an agent for Louis XIV in acquisition of Bolognese artworks for the royal collections.

He also was an amateur poet and participated in local literary circles.