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In his Lives of artists of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) demonstrated a literary talent that outshone even his outstanding abilities as a painter and architect, revealing both a deep understanding of human nature and perceptive responses to great works of art. 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, and his acute aesthetic judgements, have made him one of the most influential art historians of all time.
In his introduction, George Bull discusses Vasari's life and works, and his development as an artist. This edition includes notes on the artists by Peter Murray and suggestions for further reading.
About the Author
Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was an accomplished painter and architect, but it is for his illuminating biographies of artists that he is best remembered.
Nicola and Giovanni Pisano
Duccio di Buoninsegna
Luca della Robbia
Andrea del Castagno and Domenico Veneziano
Jacopo, Giovanni, and Gentile Bellini
Antonio and Piero Pollaiuolo
Piero di Cosimo
Fra Bartolommeo of San Marco
Andrea del Sarto
Giovanni Battista Rosso
Francesco Mazzuoli (Parmigianino)
Jacopo Palma and Lorenzo Lotto
Notes on the Artists
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ISBN: 9780140444605 ISBN-10: 0140444602 Series: Lives of the Artists : Book 2 Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 400 Published: 1st December 1987 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: Revised