Raffaele Borghini

(c. 1537—1588)

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(c. 1537–88). Florentine man of letters. His Il Riposo (1584) is a treatise on painting and sculpture, cast as a dialogue between a group of art enthusiasts meeting at the villa Il Riposo, which was owned by the collector Bernardo Vecchietti. The theoretical discussion is lifted wholesale from Vasari, but the book contains useful information about contemporary artists and artistic activity in Florence. It is particularly good on Giambologna, vividly describing Vecchietti's large collection of statuettes and models displayed at the villa, and the discussions over the title of the Rape of the Sabines (Florence, Loggia dei Lanzi). It is also notable for being specifically aimed at a new audience of cultured amateurs, rather than at other artists as had been the case with earlier treatises.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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