RIPA, Cesare
(b. ca. 1555, Perugia, d. 1622, Roma)

Title page of Iconologia

British Museum, London

Cesare Ripa was a 16th-century Italian aesthetician and author of the Iconologia, an influential emblem book.

The Iconologia of Cesare Ripa was conceived as a guide to the symbolism in emblem books. It was very influential in the 17th century and went through a number of editions. Both the text and the emblems included in these editions varies greatly, and later editions use Ripa's idea, rather than following his text.

The picture shows the title page, engraved by Isaac Fuller, of one of the English editions (London: Printed by Benj. Motte, 1709).