Lives Of The Artists: Volume 1 by Giorgio VasariLives Of The Artists: Volume 1 by Giorgio Vasari

Lives Of The Artists: Volume 1

byGiorgio VasariTranslated byGeorge BullIntroduction byGeorge Bull

Paperback | March 1, 1988

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In his Lives of the Artists of the Italian Renaissance, Vasari demonstrated a literary talent that outshone even his outstanding abilities as a painter and architect. Through character sketches and anecdotes he depicts Piero di Cosimo shut away in his derelict house, living only to paint; Giulio Romano's startling painting of Jove striking down the giants; and his friend Francesco Salviati, whose biography also tells us much about Vasari's own early career. Vasari's original and soaring vision plus his acute aesthetic judgements have made him one of the most influential art historians of all time.
Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was an accomplished painter and architect, but it is for his illuminating biographies of artists that he is best remembered. George Bull translated widely from the Italian during his lifetime, and also wrote several books on the Renaissance period.
Title:Lives Of The Artists: Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:March 1, 1988Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140445005

ISBN - 13:9780140445008

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very insightful This is an amazing selection of biographies of the most influential artists of the Italian Rennaisance. The fact that it was written when many of these artists were still alive makes this a work that everyone should read to gain more insight to the lives of some of these men.
Date published: 2000-09-09

Table of Contents

Vasari's Lives
Vasari and the Renaissance Artist
Translator's Note
The Lives
Preface to the Lives

Preface to Part Two
Piero della Francesca
Fra Angelico
Fra Filippo Lippi

Preface to Part Three
Leonardo da Vinci
Notes on the Artists
Further Reading

From Our Editors

Although Giorgio Vasari was himself a painter, his talents were more widely utilized in the form of biographies. Starting with the biographies of Cimabue and Giotto and following the developments of Italian art to the epoch of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Titian, Lives of the Artists Volume One is a classic and remarkable achievement. With reflections on the state of Florentine art, including its philosophy, this is an invaluable addition to the field of biographical and critical study, a work that has retained its popularity since its original 1550 publication.