Lives of the Artists

Volume 2

Giorgio Vasari - Author

George Bull - Translator

George Bull - Introduction by

Peter Murray - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140444605 | 400 pages | 02 Feb 1988 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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‘Enterprises endowed with virtue and talent … never pause or rest till they have reached the height of glory’

In his Lives of artists of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) demonstrated a literary talent that even outshone 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.


The Lives:

Part One
Nicola and Giovanni Pisano
Duccio di Buoninsegna

Part Two
Luca della Robbia
Michelozzo Michelozzi
Andrea del Castagno and Domenico Veneziano
Jacopo, Giovanni, and Gentile Bellini
Antonio and Piero Pollaiuolo

Part Three
Piero di Cosimo
Fra Bartolommeo of San Marco
Andrea del Sarto
Giovanni Battista Rosso
Francesco Mazzuoli (Parmigianino)
Jacopo Palma and Lorenzo Lotto
Giulio Romano
Jacopo Pontormo
Francesco Salviati
Jacopo Sansovino

Notes on the Artists
Further Reading

‘It is his unfailing enthusiasm for art, his delight in artists and their artistic temperament, and his sensitivity, which make his books so valuable’ 
The Times