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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."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375760365
ISBN-10: 0375760369
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 133mm x 38mm)
Pages: 592
Imprint: Modern Library Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Giorgio Vasari

Philip Jacks, a leading scholar of the Italian Renaissance, is Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University and the author of several books. He also edited Vasari s Florence: Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court."

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