Lives of the Artists, Volume 1

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Penguin Books Limited, 1987 - Art - 480 pages
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Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto in the thirteenth century, Vasari traces the development of Italian art across three centuries to the golden epoch of Leonardo and Michelangelo. Great men, and their immortal works, are brought vividly to life, as Vasari depicts the young Giotto scratching his first drawings on stone; Donatello gazing at Brunelleschi's crucifix; and Michelangelo's painstaking work on the Sistine Chapel, harassed by the impatient Pope Julius II. The Lives also convey much about Vasari himself and his outstanding abilities as a critic inspired by his passion for art.

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Good reference for art historians studying the Renaissance. The version I had only held three prefaces with numerous artists in each section. Sadly, there was no Veronese, although I heard that other ... Read full review

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User Review  - Toriandrews - Goodreads

Entertaining stories about iconic Italian artists. Take the stories with a grain of salt, but they are fun to read and insightful for a 'greater' truth than whats written on the page. Read full review

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Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was an accomplished painter and architect, but it is for his illuminating biographies that he is best remembered. George Bull translated widely from the Italian, including for Penguin Classics including Cellini's 'Autobiography' and Machiavelli's 'The Prince'. He is also the author of a number of books on the Renaissance.

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