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Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance
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Chadwyck-Healey Editorial Statement: The database is a collection of treatises on art and architecture printed and published between 1470 to 1775. It is structured around the two Italian editions of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists. An editorial advisory board selected the authors for inclusion in Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance. First or early editions have been preferred and translations are from the publication period. There are two exceptions to this policy for English translations. A 1912-1914 translation of Vasari's Lives and a 1907 translation of the introductory section On Technique are included because no reliable contemporary translations exist. The entire text of each work is included and the complete database contains approximately 4,000 images. Any accompanying text written by the original author and forming an integral part of the work, such as footnotes, sidenotes and endnotes, is also generally included. Editorial matter from outside the period is usually omitted.
The PhiloLogic implementation of Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance is based on automatic conversion of the SGML-encoded documents provided by Chadwyck-Healey. The database has 11.3 million words, 438,000 unique forms, in 90 works, listed in the online Bibliography.
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