The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Paperback)

By Giorgio Vasari, Philip Jacks (Editor), Gaston Du C. de Vere (Translator)
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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.

About the Author

Vasari-Professor of theatre history at Austin Peay State University

Jacks-University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375760365
ISBN-10: 0375760369
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: February 14th, 2006
Pages: 592
Language: English