Giovanni Battista Armenini or Armanini (Faenza, 1530- Faenza, 1609) was an Italian art historian, critic, and academic. His main contribution was the publication in 1587 of the theoretical treatise on the practice of painting, titled De veri precetti della pittura.[1] Armenini describes that he had the opportunity to travel through Rome, Naples, Milan, Genoa, Venice [2] and other cities of Italy for nine years. In 1564, he became rector of the church of San Tommaso in Faenza.[3]

He dedicated his opus to Guglielmo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua. In the first book, he speaks of major Renaissance and Mannerist painters of the past including Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Antonio da Correggio, Sebastiano Veneziano, Giulio Romano, and Andrea del Sarto. He criticizes later painters like Perino del Vaga, Daniele da Volterra,[4] Domenico Beccafumi,[5] and Parmigianino.[6] Contemporary theoretical books had been published based on writings of Leonardo Da Vinci, Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo, and Leon Battista Alberti.

The work was republished by Stefano Ticozzi in Milan in 1820.[7]


  1. Armenini, Giovanni Battista (1587). De veri precetti della pittura (Libri Tre). Apresso Francesco Tebaldini, at the request of Tomaso Pasini, Librarian in Bologna. 
  2. GB Armenini (1587), first book, page 12
  3. Entry in Enciclopedia Treccani
  4. GB Armenini (1587), first book, page 14
  5. GB Armenini (1587), first book, page 15
  6. GB Armenini (1587), first book, page 16
  7. GB Armenini, De veri precetti della pittura, (1820). Dalla tipografia di Vincenzo Ferrano contrada 5. Vittore e 40 Martiri. Milan

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