• 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.
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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.

  • Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari's collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art.

    Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

    This specially commissioned translation contains thirty-six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notes. - ;Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari's collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art.

    Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

    This specially commissioned translation contains thirty-six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notes. - ;Includes: Cimabue; Giotto; Duccio; Luca della Robbia; Paolo Uccello; Ghiberti; Masaccio; Filippo Brunelleschi; Donatello; Piero della Francesca; Fra Angelico; Fra Filippo Lippi; Domenico Ghirlandaio; Sandro Botticelli; Andrea del Verrocchio; Mantegna; Leonardo da Vinci; Giorgione; Raphael; Titian; Michelangelo -

  • Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari's collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art.

    Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

    This specially commissioned translation contains thirty-six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notes. - ;Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari's collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art.

    Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

    This specially commissioned translation contains thirty-six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notes. - ;Includes: Cimabue; Giotto; Duccio; Luca della Robbia; Paolo Uccello; Ghiberti; Masaccio; Filippo Brunelleschi; Donatello; Piero della Francesca; Fra Angelico; Fra Filippo Lippi; Domenico Ghirlandaio; Sandro Botticelli; Andrea del Verrocchio; Mantegna; Leonardo da Vinci; Giorgione; Raphael; Titian; Michelangelo -

  • Texte révisé suivi d'une biographie de Giorgio Vasari. Publiée d'abord en 1550, puis réédité en 1568 dans une version étendue aux artistes de son époque (la première édition n'ayant recensé que des artistes décédés, à l'exception de Michel-Ange), les "Vies des meilleurs peintres, sculpteurs et architectes italiens" de Vasari sont considérés comme le texte fondateur de l'Histoire de l'art. L'auteur utilise sa profonde culture artistique et le riche matériel rassemblé aux cours de ses rencontres, voyages et travaux pour livrer une importante documentation sur quelque 200 artistes du XIIIe au XVIe siècle: biographies fouillées, catalogue des oeuvres, choix stylistiques, anecdotes et légendes, agrémentés souvent d'un commentaire personnel. Il présente et classe chaque artiste dans une perspective historique mais aussi mythographique et poétique. Il est le premier à utiliser le terme de "Renaissance" pour qualifier son époque, Renaissance qui se réalise selon lui à travers trois périodes correspondant aux trois parties du livre. La première comprend les maîtres du XIIIe et XIVe siècle: Cimabue, Arnolfo, Giotto, Lippo,... La deuxième les artistes du XVe siècle: Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Mantegna, della Quercia, Le Pérugin, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Uccello,... Enfin la troisième époque, l'âge d'or: Léonard de Vinci, Le Corrège, Veronese, Le Primatice, Raphaël ou encore Michel Ange. Grâce à un langage brillant, clair et mesuré, Vasari décrit avec bonheur peintures, sculptures, gravures et architectures. Devenu rapidement célèbre dans toute l'Europe, le livre a exercé une large influence sur la critique d'art au cours des siècles. Cette édition réunit un choix raisonné des meilleures "Vies" de Vasari.

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