The Lives of the Artists

The Lives of the Artists

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by Giorgio Vasari, Julia Bondanella, Peter Bondanella
     
 

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Translated with an introduction by George Bull and notes on the artists by Peter Murray

In writing his, Lives, Vasari revealed a literary talent that matched, or even outshone, his abilities as an artist and architect.

Vasari's original vision of the arts, in which he sees the artist as divinely inspired, permeates this second volume as much as the first.

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Translated with an introduction by George Bull and notes on the artists by Peter Murray

In writing his, Lives, Vasari revealed a literary talent that matched, or even outshone, his abilities as an artist and architect.

Vasari's original vision of the arts, in which he sees the artist as divinely inspired, permeates this second volume as much as the first. Although at times inaccurate (prompting some dry remarks from Michelangelo), the Lives have a striking immediacy conveyed in the character sketches, anecdotes and detailed recordings of conversations.

Michelangelo praised the work for endowing artists with immortality. Vasari's shrewd judgements and his precise pinpointing of the emotions aroused by individual works of art bear out his prediction that Vasari would have a worldwide influence on the history of art. In this selection George Bull includes the lives of Perugino, Piero di Cosimo and Sansovino.

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"A book which has come to be recognised as the single most important contemporary source of information on hundreds of artists of the Italian Renaissance period."--Irish Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191605482
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, UK
Publication date:
06/20/1991
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
293,034
File size:
2 MB

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