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
This was a 3 1/2 star reading experience. It was extremely interesting, in parts. When the work was first published in Florence in 1550, Michelangelo and Titian were still living, and Botticelli, Leonardo, and Raphael had all died only 30-40 years previously. (The earliest of these artists, Giotto, ha...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
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
an incredibly large percentage of this book is either hearsay or completely made up. that said, there's also some factual information here that would've been totally lost without this book.
there IS a point to it, just know you can't believe everything you read.
I may dip into this again as I come across the artists described on my History of Art course.