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Lives of the Artists

Volume 1

Giorgio Vasari - Author

George Bull - Translator

George Bull - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140445008 | 480 pages | 01 Mar 1988 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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‘In this painting of Leonardo’s there was a smile so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human’

Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) was an accomplished painter and architect, but it is for his illuminating biographies that he is best remembered. Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto in the thirteenth century, he 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.

George Bull’s introduction discusses Vasari’s life and influences, and the political and historical background of sixteenth-century Florence. This volume also includes notes on the artists by Peter Murray and a list for further reading.

Introduction
Vasari's Lives
Vasari and the Renaissance Artist
Translator's Note

The Lives
Preface to the Lives
Cimabue
Giotto

Preface to Part Two
Uccello
Ghiberti
Masaccio
Brunelleschi
Donatello
Piero della Francesca
Fra Angelico
Alberti
Fra Filippo Lippi
Botticelli
Verrocchio
Mantegna

Preface to Part Three
Leonardo da Vinci
Giorgione
Correggio
Raphael
Michelangelo
Titian

Notes on the Artists
Further Reading

‘The most influential book about the history of art ever written’ 
New York Review of Books