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Lives The used is that of Mrs Jonathan Foster 1851 The artists included are Giotto Masaccio Fra Filippo Lippi of Mrs Jonathan Foster 1851 The artists included are Giotto Masaccio Fra Filippo Lippi Leonardo Raphael Michelangelo and Titian These eight artists are covered in less than 250 pages Of the eight lives that of Michelangelo takes up over 100 pagesIn the review I ll use the book s shortest chapter on Sandro Botticelli for examples StrengthsThe book is extremely interesting in parts When the work was first published in Florence in 1550 Michelangelo and Titian were still living and Botticelli Leonardo and RAPHAEL HAD ALL DIED ONLY 30 had all died only 30 years previously The earliest of these artists Giotto had died in 1337 over two centuries prior to Vasari s work To read the views of these artists lives and works written by someone this close in time to them someone who Leschi Ghiberti and Masaccio before discussing the mature period of perfection dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo Raphael and MichelangeloThis specially commissioned translation contains thirty six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notesAbout the SeriesFor over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has.

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Le Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori da Cimabue insino a' tempi nostriI read most of this when I was in college studying art History For Fun And For fun And to impress my professor because I was taking a survey course of Italian Renaissance artI got the 4 volume set from the library and read the whole first volume parts of the 2nd and 3rd and the pretty much all of volume 4 which was almost entirely about Michelangelo because Vasari was one of his BFF s It s fun if you re into art history or if you re interested in totally non objective information on art and artists Didn you re into art history or if you re interested in totally non objective information on art and artists Didn hate it didn t love it It felt repetitive after the 200th page and it became about finishing rather than learning about Renaissance artists I think I m actually reading the unabridged version which is sooooo much longer than this version This 2005 Dover edition is an abridged version of a 1967 two volume edition of Giorgio Vasari s Lives of the Most Excellent Painters Sculp. 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 artBeginning with Cimabue and Giotto who represent the infancy of art Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour shaped who represent the infancy of art Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour shaped Donatello Brunel. As himself immersed in the culture of the Italian Renaissance can be intoxicating There s no doubt of the historic of the Italian Renaissance can be intoxicating There s no doubt of the historic of the book It was the first history of art ever written and though it only treated Italian art and even there tended to favor somewhat chauvinistically Florentine artists the Introduction to the book makes many favorable points about it The minute descriptions of hundreds of works of art though elementary laid the groundwork for many of the elements of art history the development of compositional structure and the manipulation Of Color The Analysis Of The Meaning Of Changes In color the analysis of the meaning of changes in and subject matter which were to be taken up by later historians view spoilerThough my edition does not specifically credit the Introduction to anyone I assume it was written by the editor of the 1967 edition and eminent art historian Marilyn Aronberg Lavin hide spoiler. Made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities helpful notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and mu.