The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects

By Giorgio Vasari; Philip Jacks (Editor); Gaston Du C. de Vere (Translator)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375760365, 592pp.)

Publication Date: February 2006

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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
Ne a Arezzo (Toscane) en 1511 et mort a Florence en 1574, Giorgio Vasari fut un des plus brillants artistes du manierisme italien. Forme dans les ateliers florentins, ou il acquit une admiration inconditionnelle pour Michel-Ange, il sejourna longuement a Rome et realisa de nombreux chantiers decoratifs dans toute l'Italie, de Naples a Bologne. Entre au service de Cosme Ier Medicis en 1554, il domina pendant vingt ans la creation artistique florentine, ou il realisa l'une des plus ambitieuses architectures de la Renaissance, le batiment administratif des Offices.

Jacks-University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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