Lives Of The Painters, Sculptors And Architects
In writing his, Lives, Vasari revealed a literary talent that matched, or even outshone, his abilities as an artist and architect.
Vasari's original vision of the arts, in which he sees the artist as divinely inspired, permeates this second volume as much as the first. Although at times i...more
― Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
I normally don't gravitate towards abridged books, but Vasari's 'The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects' is a book that needs to be: 1) read by art history experts in its entirety (2000+ pag ...more
"Then Michaelangelo made a model in wax of a young David with a sling in his hand, and began to work in S. Maria del Fiore, setting up a hoarding round the marble, and working at it continually without any seeing it until he had brought it to perfection. Master Simone had so spoilt the marble that in some places there was ...more
Vasari was architect to Duke Cosimo I de' Medici- he built the Uffizi gallery, the Vasari Corridor, and did various paintings and such, including the interior of the Duomo and also some portrait. I personally do not love all of his art. In any case, he was also the first art historia ...more
I got the 4 volume set from the library and read the whole first volume, parts of the 2nd and 3rd and the pretty much all of volume 4 which was almost entirely about Michelangelo because Vasari was one of his BFF's.
It's fun if you're into art history or if you're interested in totally non-objective information on art and arti ...more
Vasari is a firm believer that the Renaissance was one of divine intervention. He often describes these artists in a divine light. God, as the first Architect, the first Artist, bestowed his gift upon these men, resulting in the beautiful art we see today, either in person, in books, or on television. Most importan ...more
Vasari is really just a big gossip,but he really does put things in perspective. (Pun intended). He talks about who squandered his money on his terrible wife and who drank a lot ,but he talks about how Cimabue and Giotto started ...more
If you ever plan to visit Florence, Italy, read this book before you go. Knowing some information about the artists, their methods, their contemporaries, and their intentions can help make the mountains of Renaissance art here more meaningful (and less likely to start to blur together after a couple of the ...more
Composed something like Plutarch's lives (I wonder if he was an influence?), Vasari tells about the rise of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy in a series of biographies that range from everyone from Giotto (1266-1337) to Michelangelo (1475-1564). It covers the rediscovery of Roman and Greek sculpture and literature, improvements in painting and te ...more
The artists start off with Cimabue and Giotto, whom Vasari holds in high regard as re-claiming the antiquities. You will not find anything about Romanesque or Gothic art. Like Petrarch, Vasari believes in discontinuous history, in which both these art periods are of the Dark ...more
grandes recompensas aos que,entre eles,realizavam os melhores trabalhos".
I can see why this book is considered one of the best books about art and artists ever written. A classic. Where else can you read first hand anecdotes about Michelangelo etc! Many of the anecdotes show a human side to the artist and are amusing, even if some may be apocryphal!
I am so inspired I have started writing a series of poems imagining the artists replying to Vasari!