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Lives Of The Artists

by Vasari

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Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was born during one of the greatesteras of art, and five centuries later his work gives readers acontemporary window on the Renaissance. In these excerpts from hismassive work, LIVES OF THE PAINTERS, SCULPTORS AND ARCHITECTS, Vasarinot only describes the artists' major works, but shares personalreflections about the men themselves. Narrator Neville Jason, who alsohas chosen and abridged the selections, is skillful with the Italianand clearly shares Vasari's ear for entertaining anecdotes. This ismost obvious in the substantial sections on Brunelleschi andMichelangelo, although some of the selections--there are 40 in all,some only five or six minutes--are too brief to be engaging.D.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

`...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

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These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the term "Renaissance," was the first to outline the influential theory of Renaissance art that traces a progression
through Giotto, Brunelleschi, and finally the titanic figures of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael. This new translation, specially commissioned for the World's Classics series, contains thirty-six of the most important lives and is fully annotated.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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Vasari 1511-74



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