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On divers arts : the foremost medieval treatise on painting, glassmaking, and metalwork

Author: Theophilus, Presbyter; John G Hawthorne; Cyril Stanley Smith
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1979.
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"On Divers Arts, c. 1122, is the oldest extant manual on artistic crafts to be written by a practicing artist ... On Divers Arts describes actual 12-century techniques in painting, glass, and metalwork ... This translation of the medieval manuscript most essential to an understanding of pre-Renaissance art and technology is the result of a collaboration between a Latin scholar and a metallurgist. Their fully  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theophilus, Presbyter; John G Hawthorne; Cyril Stanley Smith
ISBN: 0486237842 9780486237848
OCLC Number: 5536951
Language Note: Translation of: De diversis artibus.
Notes: Translation of: De diversis artibus.
"An unabridged and corrected republication of the work originally published in 1963 by the University of Chicago Press."
Description: xxxv, 216 pages, 9 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. The author, the manuscripts, and the editions ; The place of the treatise in the literature of the practical arts --
The treatise. List of chapters ; Translation. Book I : The art of the painter ; Book II : The art of the worker in glass ; Book III : The art of the metalworker.
Other Titles: De diversis artibus.
Responsibility: Theophilus ; translated from the Latin with introd. and notes by John G. Hawthorne and Cyril Stanley Smith.
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"On Divers Arts, c. 1122, is the oldest extant manual on artistic crafts to be written by a practicing artist ... On Divers Arts describes actual 12-century techniques in painting, glass, and metalwork ... This translation of the medieval manuscript most essential to an understanding of pre-Renaissance art and technology is the result of a collaboration between a Latin scholar and a metallurgist. Their fully annotated edition presents complete bibliographic and biographic data, with 18 illustrations of surviving work in the manner of Theophilus, including examples by the Benedictine monk Roger of Helmarshausen, who appears to be the true author using a Byzantine pseudonym"--

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