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Carlo Cesare Malvasia — was an Italian scholar and art historian from Bologna , best known for his biographies of Baroque artists titled Felsina pittrice , published in Malvasia is the Bolognese equivalent of Giorgio Vasari , and saw his native city surpassing Florence in the artistic supremacy of his time.

Born to an aristocratic family, he is also known as Count Carlo Malvasia. He received cursory training in painting under Giacinto Campana and Giacomo Cavedone. He also was an amateur poet and participated in local literary circles. 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.

Thereafter he graduated as a lawyer, and lectured on the subject at the university in Bologna. He obtained a theology degree in , and was appointed a canon in Bologna Cathedral in Malvasia was also a collector and acted as an agent for Louis XIV in acquisition of Bolognese artworks for the royal collections.

The text is divided into four historical sections, with the first on the trecento painters, the second focusing on Francesco Francia, the third devoted 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 Reni , Guercino , Domenichino , and Lanfranco.

Felsina pittrice has been criticized for its inaccuracies and unfavorably compared to Le vite de' pittori, scultori et architetti moderni by Malvasia's contemporary, Giovanni Pietro Bellori , on the grounds of that Malvasia's text is 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.

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 since , accompanied by the first English translation, of the complete text of the Felsina pittrice three of the planned sixteen volumes of which have been published by Malvasia also published Le pitture di Bologna , a companion gallery guide of works by the artists discussed in the Felsina pittrice , and Marmorea felsine , a guide to Bolognese antiquities From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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