The Lives of the Artists Volume 1

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In his Lives of the Artists of the Italian Renaissance, Vasari demonstrated a literary talent that outshone even his outstanding abilities as a painter and architect. Through character sketches and anecdotes he depicts Piero di Cosimo shut away in his derelict house, living only to paint; Giulio Romano's startling painting of Jove striking down the giants; and his friend Francesco Salviati, whose biography also tells us much about Vasari's own early career. Vasari's original and soaring vision plus his acute aesthetic judgements have made him one of the most influential art historians of all time.

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Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was an accomplished painter and architect, but it is for his illuminating biographies of artists that he is best remembered. George Bull translated widely from the Italian during his lifetime, and also wrote several books on the Renaissance period.

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Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) was born during one of the greatesteras of art, and five centuries later his work gives readers acontemporary window on the Renaissance. In these excerpts from hismassive work, LIVES OF THE PAINTERS, SCULPTORS AND ARCHITECTS, Vasarinot only describes the artists' major works, but shares personalreflections about the men themselves. Narrator Neville Jason, who alsohas chosen and abridged the selections, is skillful with the Italianand clearly shares Vasari's ear for entertaining anecdotes. This ismost obvious in the substantial sections on Brunelleschi andMichelangelo, although some of the selections--there are 40 in all,some only five or six minutes--are too brief to be engaging.D.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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