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Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari George Bull Peter Murray



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Penguin Classics
01 December 1987
Painting & paintings; Individual artists, art monographs; Biography: general; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
In his Lives of artists of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) demonstrated a literary talent that outshone even his outstanding abilities as a painter and architect, revealing both a deep understanding of human nature and perceptive responses to great works of art. 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, and his acute aesthetic judgements, have made him one of the most influential art historians of all time.

In his introduction, George Bull discusses Vasari's life and works, and his development as an artist. This edition includes notes on the artists by Peter Murray and suggestions for further reading.
By:   Giorgio Vasari
Notes by:   Peter Murray
Translated by:   George Bull
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   292g
ISBN:   9780140444605
ISBN 10:   0140444602
Series:   Lives of the Artists
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 December 1987
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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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