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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architectsby Gaston du C. de Vere
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A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. The result is a work that remains to this day the cornerstone of art historical scholarship.
Spanning the period from the thirteenth century to Vasari’s own time, the Lives opens a window on the greatest personalities of the period, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Mantegna, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. This Modern Library edition, abridged from the original text with notes drawn from earlier commentaries, as well as current research, reminds us why The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects is indispensable to any student interested in Renaissance art.
Philip Jacks, a leading scholar of the Italian Renaissance, is Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University and the
Selected biographical sketches by the sixteenth-century Renaissance artist reveal his interpretations of the lives and works of outstanding artists in Italy during the period. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
Giovanni Cimabue — Giotto — Paolo Uccello — Lorenzo Ghiberti — Masaccio — Filippo Brunelleschi — Donato (Donatello) — Piero Della Francesca — Leon Batista Alberti — Lazzaro Vasari — Andrea Dal Castagno and Domenico Viniziano — Sandro Botticelli — Andrea Del Verrocchio — Andrea Mantegna — Luca Signorelli — Leonardo da Vinci — Giorgione da Castelfranco — Bramante da Urbino — Raffaello da Urbino — Madonna Properzia de' Rossi — Jacopo da Pontormo — Michelagnolo Buonarroti — Tiziano Da Cadore — Of the academicians of design, painters, sculptors, and architects, and of their works, and first of Bronzino.
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