Reconstructing the archangel: Corelli 'ad vivum pinxit'

  title={Reconstructing the archangel: Corelli 'ad vivum pinxit'},
  author={P. Walls},
  journal={Early Music},
  pages={525 - 538}
Hugh Howard's portrait of Corelli is described by John Smith in his mezzotint copy as 'ad vivum pinxit' ('painted from the life'). This promise of a quasi-photographic, documentary accuracy needs to be treated with some scepticism, however. Howard, under the tutelage of the distinguished portrait painter Carlo Maratti, spent much of his three years in Italy copying other paintings (including Maratti's own self-portrait). It seems unlikely, in any case, that (even in view of the patronage of… Expand