Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects

ISBN-10: 0375760369

ISBN-13: 9780375760365

Edition: 2005

Authors: Giorgio Vasari, Philip Jacks, Gaston du C. de Vere, Giorgio Vasari

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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.
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.30" long x 1.60" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Giorgio Vasari Architect, painter and art historian Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo, Italy on July 30, 1511. Vasari was a student of the world famous Michelangelo. During his travels, Vasari took notes on various artists and paintings he encountered which resulted in his book, The Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Architects, Painters, and Sculptures. Vasari's murals can be seen at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Giorgio Vasari died in Florence on June 27, 1574.

Philip Jacks is Assistant Professor of Art History at George Washington University. His previous books include Vasari's Florence: Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court (1998) and The Antiquarian and the Myth of Antiquity: The Origins of Rome in Renaissance Thought (1993).

Philip Jacks, a leading scholar of the Italian Renaissance, is Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University and the author of several books. He also edited Vasari’s Florence: Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court.

Giovanni Cimabue
Paolo Uccello
Lorenzo Ghiberti
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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