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

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

Theophilus; Smith, Cyril Stanley; Hawthorne, John G

First printed in the 12th century, here is the earliest treatise on the arts written by a practicing artist. Offering an essential understanding of pre-Renaissance art and technology, the Benedictine author details pigments, glass blowing, stained glass, gold and silver work, and more — information of great importance to craftsmen and historians of art and science. Includes 34 illustrations

Book. Latin. English.
Published New York: Dover Publications, 1979
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Statement of responsibility: Theophilus translated from the Latin with introd. and notes by John G. Hawthorne and Cyril Stanley Smith
ISBN: 0486237842, 9780486237848
Note: "An unabridged and corrected republication of the work originally published in 1963 by the University of Chicago Press.".
Note: Bibliography, p. 195-200.
Language note: Translation of: De diversis artibus (also known as Diversarum artium schedula).
Physical Description: xxxv, 216 p., (9) leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Art Early works to 1800.; Christian art and symbolism Medieval, 500-1500 Early works to 1800.; Technology Early works to 1800.
Uniform Title: De diversis artibus. English

Contents

  1. Plates
  2. Figures
  3. Introduction
  4. "The Author, the Manuscripts, and the Editions"
  5. List of the Principal Manuscripts
  6. List of the Printed Editions
  7. Table of Concordance of the Major Editions
  8. The Place of the Treatise in the Literature of the Practical Arts
  9. The Treatise
  10. List of Chapters
  11. Book I
  12. Book II
  13. Book III
  14. Translation
  15. Book I. The Art of the Painter
  16. Book II. The Art of the Worker in Glass
  17. Book III. The Art of the Metalworker
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index

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First printed in the 12th century, here is the earliest treatise on the arts written by a practicing artist. The Benedictine author details pigments, glass blowing, stained glass, gold and silver work, and more 34 illustrations.