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The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
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The Lives of the Artists

by Giorgio Vasari

Other authors: Julia Conaway Bondanella (Translator), Peter Bondanella (Translator)

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This is a compilation of biographies of the great Florentine painters by one who knew them. Wonderful read, interesting insight. It has been disparaged today by some who insist that peer review articles take precedence because modern authorities are more critical. Oh, please. What the egos of the small minded are capable of! ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Quite simply, this is one of the greatest treatises on art in the history of man. It's hard to overstate the significance that this work has had on the art world through the ages. ( )
  conceptDawg | Aug 10, 2007 |
This book is a great read for anyone who is interested in the lives of some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance from a contemparary source. Vasari, who also coined the phrase "Renaissance" is able to simultaniously humanize and praise the artists who left an indelible mark on Western civilization. ( )
  Tipton_Renwick | Aug 18, 2006 |
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I know it is an opinion commonly accepted amongst all writers that sculpture, as well as painting, was first discovered in nature by the peoples of Egypt; and that some others attribute to the Chaldeans the first rough rough carvings in marble and the first figures in relief; just as others assign to the Greeks the invention of the brush and the use of colour.
The greatest discovery of the Renaissance was, undoubtedly, that man is the measure of all things, and the best, no, the only proper, study of man. Portraiture, rarely practiced during the Middle Ages, and biography, virtually dead after Plutarch, became favored pursuits, and it was an artist who was to combine both with distinction.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 019283410X, Paperback)

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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Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto in the 13th century, Vasari traces the development of Italian art across three centuries to the golden epoch of Leonardo and Michelangelo.

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