ABSTRACT

Raimondo de Dominici published in three volumes, Lives of the Neapolitan Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, between 1742 and 1745, de Dominici’s laudable goal was to compensate for the glaring omission of Neapolitan artists from Giorgio Vasari’s Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori by writing a critical bio-history of artists who worked in Naples from late antiquity to the early eighteenth century. The significance of his contributions might be gauged by the numerous later editions of the Vite, although none yet have appeared in English translation. De Dominici’s glowing characterization of the marriage offers a positive example of reciprocal love and mutual assistance that will sharply contrast with the doomed relationship of the artists Annella de Rosa and Agostino Beltrano, which is later narrated in the Vite. De Dominici’s style of writing undeniably exhibits a literary flair, as this life story demonstrates.