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Egnatio Danti as the founder of the authentic theory of artistic perspective as compared to late Renaissance ideas on the authenticity of texts

Abstract : Philology is a mainstream approach to Renaissance scholarship. Today, historians reapply a modernised version ofthis humanist activity. But simply looking at the question ofwho reworked or quoted an earlier text, and when, is not enough to unveil the entire textual practice ofthat period. To illustrate the limitations ofthis method we take various excerpts from the literature on perspective, andin particular those ofEgnatio Danti (1536-1586), where the same historical quotation is made but the meaning completely shifted. The questions raised therefore are what concept(s) ofauthenticity guided the humanists and how the notion of auctorictas was structured. The discussion is then broadened by considering the reflections ofVincenzo Borghini (1515-1580) on the literati's position vis-à-vis the question of textual authenticity.
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Pascal Dubourg Glatigny. Egnatio Danti as the founder of the authentic theory of artistic perspective as compared to late Renaissance ideas on the authenticity of texts. South African Journal of Art History, 2004, pp.48-68. ⟨halshs-00452164⟩

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