Reading Vasari

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This book explores the rich literary character and rhetorical strategies of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, which tells the story of Italian art as it unfolded from its beginnings in the Trecento to its pinnacle in Michelangelo and the art of the Academy in the mid-sixteenth century. The contributors propose ways to read Vasari's text in the light of recent disputes over what is fact, fiction, or biography, and who may have read Vasari's editions when they were ...

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This book explores the rich literary character and rhetorical strategies of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, which tells the story of Italian art as it unfolded from its beginnings in the Trecento to its pinnacle in Michelangelo and the art of the Academy in the mid-sixteenth century. The contributors propose ways to read Vasari's text in the light of recent disputes over what is fact, fiction, or biography, and who may have read Vasari's editions when they were first published. The essays isolate and analyze select threads from Vasari's luxurious textual tapestry: these range from architecture, cosmology and philosophy to biography, comedy, elegy and travelogue. In doing so, the authors have built upon ideas proposed in recent studies of the Lives, including important works by Paul Barolsky and Patricia Rubin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856675829
  • Publisher: Wilson, Philip Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/10/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.65 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne B. Barriault is an art historian, writer and editor for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, Richmond.

Andrew T. Ladis is Franklin Professor of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Norman E. Land is Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jeryldene M. Wood is Associate Professor of Art History in Italian Renaissance Art, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

Every painter paints himself 25
Vasari's polemics 29
Fear of fiction : the fun of reading Vasari 31
Vasari's first lights, flower of youth, and golden age 38
The sorcerer's "O" and the painter who wasn't there 39
Vasari's sculptors of the second period : Mino de Fiesole 63
Vasari on Signorelli : the origins of the "grand manner of painting" 75
Francesco di Giorgio and Brunelleschi 89
Vasari's Bronzino : the paradigmatic academician 101
Vasari's Rome and the noble origins of art 117
Sai di mano di santo o d'un angelo : Vasari's life of Fra Angelico 119
Vasari's Bramante and the renaissance of architecture in Rome 133
A scene from the life of Peruzzi 147
"If he, with his genius, had lived in Rome" : Vasari and the transformative myth of Rome 154
Vasari's women : virtue and vice 169
Vasari's mothers 171
Vasari's women 179
Vasari and the poetic imagination 189
Piero di Cosimo : the egg-eating elegist 191
Michelangelo's Snowman and the art of snow in Vasari's lives 203
Titian, Michelangelo, and Vasari 211
Imagining the Renassiance : Browning reads Vasari 222
Vasari's humor 223
Michelangelo ha ha 235
Vasari on Vasari 245
Lumi Fantastichi : the landscape ornament of Giorgio Vasari 247
Giorgio Vasari's studio : Diligenza e Amorevole Fatica 259
The delight of art : reading Vasari against himself 277
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