In this Italian-language volume, seventy-seven previously unpublished inventories collected from the Archivio di Stato in Bologna demonstrate the trends in tastes and patronage in Bologna from the 1640s to the early eighteenth century, while Raffaella Morselli's introduction and essays document the history of individual collections in that city.
Not since the pioneering works of Malvasia in the seventeenth century and Marcello Oretti in the eighteenth century has there been a focus on studying and comparing the great private Bolognese collections from the standpoint of the collectors themselves. Included are two indexesby artist and subjectto the approximately six thousand paintings and drawings in documents. A valuable appendix cites all the art-related documents that have been consulted at the Archivio di Stato in Bologna.
Raffaella Morselli is professor of art history at the University of Cosenza and has written extensively on Bolognese paintings and collections. Anna Cera Sones is an archivist with the Getty Provenance Index.
Series: Documents for the History of Collecting