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Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari George Bull

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Penguin Classics
02 November 1987
Painting & paintings; Individual artists, art monographs; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto in the thirteenth century, Vasari traces the development of Italian art across three centuries to the golden epoch of Leonardo and Michelangelo. Great men, and their immortal works, are brought vividly to life, as Vasari depicts the young Giotto scratching his first drawings on stone; Donatello gazing at Brunelleschi's crucifix; and Michelangelo's painstaking work on the Sistine Chapel, harassed by the impatient Pope Julius II. The Lives also convey much about Vasari himself and his outstanding abilities as a critic inspired by his passion for art.
By:   Giorgio Vasari
Translated by:   George Bull
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   330g
ISBN:   9780140445008
ISBN 10:   0140445005
Series:   Lives of the Artists
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   02 November 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 that he is best remembered. George Bull translated widely from the Italian, including for Penguin Classics including Cellini's 'Autobiography' and Machiavelli's 'The Prince'. He is also the author of a number of books on the Renaissance.

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