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The Lives of the Great Artists (Biography)

By Giorgio Vasari (Author)
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Georgio Vasari s original vision of the arts was to see the artist as divinely inspired. This historical work describes the lives of forty-five artists, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, with striking immediacy conveyed through character sketches, anecdotes, and detailed recording of conversations. Despite some factual inaccuracies, Michelangelo praised Vasari for endowing artists with immortality. Vasari s shrewd judgments and his precise pinpointing of the emotions aroused by individual works of art bear out his prediction that he would have a worldwide influence on the history of art. Volume One covers the lives of Brunelleschi, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and fourteen more.

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Format: Abridged,   Audiobook
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.7" Width: 4.9" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN  9626342552  
ISBN13  9789626342558  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Giorgio Vasari was born in 1511 at Arezzo in Tuscany. While still a boy he was introduced to Cardinal Silvio Passerini who put him to study in Florence with Michelangelo who later became a close friend then with Andrea del Sarto. He left Florence when his patron, Duke Alessandro, was assassinated, and wandered round Italy filling his notebooks with sketches; it was during this period that he conceived the idea of the"Lives." By now, in his thirties, Vasari was a highly successful painter and when his"Lives"were published they were received enthusiastically. He returned to Florence in 1555 to serve Duke Cosimo who appointed him architect of the Palazzo Vecchio. After a grand tour of Italian towns he published the revised and enlarged edition of his"Lives"in 1568. Vasari spent the rest of his life in a glow of self- satisfaction and public recognition, and in 1971 he was knighted by Pope Pius V. He died in 1574."

Giorgio Vasari was born in 1511 and died in 1574.

Giorgio Vasari has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
  2. Lives of the Artists
  3. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  4. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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1Books > Audio CDs > Biographies & Memoirs
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Renaissance
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Artists, Architects & Photographers
4Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Italy > General
6Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Italy > Renaissance

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Giorgio Vasari - Lives of the Artists Volume One  Jun 24, 2008
A good introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Mannerist artists written by someone who lived around their time and had actual contact with some of the artists, as well as personal painting experience. He is, however, colored by his personal relationships with the artists, hyperbolic, and constrained by the Zeitgeist of the era. In exploring the relationships of artist and patron he is able to shed light on their social situation and the constant struggle of the elevation of the art of painting among the liberal arts. In English, some of the grandeur of his writing is lost, and it lacks the poetic ease of the Italian original. If you want a fuller version, I suggest (especially for bilingual speakers) a translation with the Italian original on the other side of the page.
The Pillars of Art  Oct 19, 2007
No artist, or aspiring artist, should go without this book. While it is sometimes exhausting to read through the author's detailed coverage of the works of each featured artist, it should be considered mandatory reading for artists and art historians -- so that all can see the pillars of art on which civilization is built. The author covers both the works and the private lives of the artists, although I would have personally prefered more emphasis on the personal lives. It would also be very nice to have pictures of the specific works in each bio, so I guess that might be a future book purchase here at this site(!) -- a visual reference to Renaissance Art. In spite of those two drawbacks, I highly recommend the purchase of this book.
Outstanding!!!!  Oct 11, 2007
My daughter took Art History and loved this book. She kept it and insisted I buy her a copy so her teacher could have the new ones.
A must for any art historian  Mar 8, 2007
This book was a text for a grad school seminar I had. After nearly 500 years, Vasari remains the best "eyewitness" to the lives and works of his contemporary artists. Although he does take some liberties, such as trying to fit many artists into the traditional hero mold of child prodigy/discovered by master/quickly surpasses master, he also gives us a glimpse into the glorious time that shaped so many artistic geniuses.
Works and lives of great masters by their contemporary  Aug 6, 2006
"Do you admire a beautiful tower resounding with sacred sound?
By my design this tower also reached for the stars.
But I am Giotto, why cite such deeds?
My name alone is worth a lengthy ode."
[From the Live of Giotto di Bondone]
Classic masterpiece containing selection of lives of famous Italian masters of art, written by their (almost) conterporary. This work is tedious and difficult to read at times (Vasari is describing at length all importatnt works of old masters). But still, this account is valuable for particular details about techniques used by old masters or condidtions under which their masterpieces were created... Kind regards, Mario.

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